July 11, 2012

NL Stomps AL in All-Star Game: The National League's 8-0 victory over the American League in the All-Star game extends their winning streak to three games and secures World Series home-field advantage for another year. The NL scored five off Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander in the first inning and got another three off Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison. AL manager Ron Washington wasn't happy Verlander opened the game throwing 100 mph, which he doesn't do in regular games. "Obviously, you don't want to go out like that, but I had fun," Verlander said.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:36 AM - 4 comments

It's starting to feel like life prior to 1983. I spent my formative years watching the NL inevitably win every year.

I think they should be playing for different stakes: whether or not the AL should be allowed to continue using the DH from now until next year's All Star game.

posted by beaverboard at 10:39 AM on July 11, 2012

A boring game.

posted by agwaurora at 10:41 AM on July 11, 2012

I think the American League is more or less superior to the National League in terms of team strength and overall talent, and interleague records over the past several years seem to bear this out. That said, the National League's record in the last several All-Star Games and in winning 4 of the last 6 World Series goes to show that anything can happen in a one-off game or in the playoffs.

Sad to see Ron Washington with World Series Ron Washington Face on for much of the game, as he is likable guy.

Happy to see the NL with 3 triples, as I find triples to be the most exciting hit type (non-walk-off variety) in baseball.

posted by holden at 01:35 PM on July 11, 2012

I agree the AL is probably the stronger league, but e NL put a better lineup on the field last night. If the AL can't get a catcher who's batting better than Napoli's .228 into the lineup, as an example, then they aren't going to match up too well.

Glad to see Melky Cabrera having success. Loved him when he was a Yankee and was upset when he left. He's come a long ways, lost weight, got himself in better shape, and is having a great season.

posted by dyams at 08:30 PM on July 11, 2012

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