Andrew McCutchen hopes to slide the National League back into the Midsummer Classic win column — the AL snapped the NL's three-game win streak with a 3-0 shutout at Citi Field last July. The Pirates center fielder is joined by some pretty good ballplayers, but will they be able to improve on the Senior Circuit's slight 43-39-2 advantage in All-Star Game history. Tune in Tuesday, July 15, 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX to find out. Click here for AL roster.
NL C: Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
All-Star Game: 1st. Stats: .319, 9 HR, 44 RBI, 44 R — Lucroy actually finished as the runner-up to Yadier Molina in the fan voting, but when St. Louis' catcher tore a ligament in his right thumb and needed surgery, Lucroy was moved into the starting spot. Lucroy, originally named a reserve on the NL squad by winning the player vote, is having a better offensive season than Molina and is playing a key role in the Brewers' surprise first half. — Player page — All stats through July 11.
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NL 1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
All-Star Game: 2nd. Stats: .312, 16 HR, 61 RBI, 66 R — A season after losing out to Joey Votto for the NL's starting first baseman spot, Goldschmidt earned his first starting nod this time. And it's hard to argue this time, the 2013 NL MVP runner-up ranking in the top two among NL first basemen in nearly every offensive category. It doesn't hurt that Votto has missed nearly 30 games due to injury. — Player page — All stats through July 11.
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NL 2B: Chase Utley, Phillies
All-Star Game: 6th. Stats: .297, 8 HR, 46 RBI, 50 R — After being slowed by injury in the last few seasons, Utley returns to the All-Star Game after missing out the last three years. The 35-year-old recently reached a career milestone with his 1,500th hit. His stats stack up well this season in comparison with other second basemen, and his doubles total ranks near the top of the NL for any position. — Player page — All stats through July 11.
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NL SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
All-Star Game: 5th. Stats: .349, 21 HR, 51 RBI, 71 R — Is there a bigger no-brainer for the NL team? Tulo has been the arguably best hitter in baseball since practically the first pitch of the season, and before Nolan Arenado went down with injury, was part of the best left side of the infield in the league. While he has still has 2½ more months of work ahead of him if he wants the NL MVP, he's the captain of the NL Home Run Derby team, and that one sticks with him forever. — Player page — All stats through July 11.
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NL 3B: Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
All-Star Game: 3rd. Stats: .285, 11 HR, 42 RBI, 30 R — Welcome back to the All-Star Game, Mr. Ramirez. It's been a while. The veteran third baseman hadn't been picked for the Midsummer Classic since 2008. But he's a key man in the lineup for the first-place Brewers, even though his stat totals have been hurt by the month he missed with a hamstring injury. — Player page — All stats through July 11.
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NL OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
All-Star Game: 4th. Stats: .321, 15 HR, 59 RBI, 53 R, 15 SB — In 2013, McCutchen just missed starting for the NL, finishing in fourth place, a little more than 200,000 votes behind Bryce Harper. But he finished the season with the biggest honor, taking home the NL MVP. McCutchen also led the Pirates back to the postseason — finally. With the hardware and the return to glory in the bag, now McCutchen gets his All-Star Game starting nod.— Player page — All stats through July 11.
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NL OF: Carlos Gomez, Brewers
All-Star Game: 2nd. Stats: .298, 14 HR, 46 RBI, 55 R, 16 SB — After being selected to his first All-Star Game as a reserve last year, Gomez took a big step by emerging as a starter from among the crowd in the outfield. He's batting about 20 points higher than last season, with an on-base percentage nearly 40 points better. Plus, don't forget about defense. The center fielder won a Gold Glove in 2013. — Player page — All stats through July 11.
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NL OF: Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
All-Star Game: 1st. Stats: .309, 12 HR, 51 RBI, 53 R — One of the hottest debates surrounding last year's All-Star Game was whether Puig should be on the NL team. His impact was immediate, but his call-up not until June. With his name not on the ballot, he wasn't getting voted in. And with such a small body of work, he wasn't named a reserve, either. But there is no shortage of playing time — or talent — this season, and baseball's most polarizing player will start in the outfield. — Player page — All stats through July 11.
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Adam Wainwright (12-4, 1.83) will be the 11th Cardinals pitcher to start an All-Star Game. STARTERS: Henderson Alvarez, Marlins-y; Madison Bumgarner, Giants-*; Johnny Cueto, Reds-*; Zack Greinke, Dodgers; Tim Hudson, Giants-y; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Tyson Ross, Padres-*; Jeff Samardzija, Cubs/A's-z; Alfredo Simon, Reds-y; Julio Teheran, Braves-y*; Adam Wainwright, Cardinals; Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals-x. RELIEVERS: Aroldis Chapman, Reds; Tyler Clippard, Nationals-y; Craig Kimbrel, Braves; Pat Neshek, Cardinals; Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers; Huston Street, Padres-y; Tony Watson, Pirates. KEY: x-injured; y-replacement; z-traded to AL team; *-Started Sunday so unavailable to pitch.
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Giancarlo Stanton, who will start as the NL's designated hitter, leads a stout list of reserves for the Senior Circuit. RESERVES: Charlie Blackmon, Rockies (OF); Matt Carpenter, Cardinals (3B); Starlin Castro, Cubs (SS); Todd Frazier, Reds (3B); Freddie Freeman, Braves (1B); Dee Gordon, Dodgers (2B); Josh Harrison, Pirates (IF/OF); Devin Mesoraco, Reds (C); Yadier Molina, Cardinals (C)-x; Miguel Montero, D-backs (C)-y; Daniel Murphy, Mets (2B); Hunter Pence, Giants (OF); Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (1B)-z; Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins (OF). KEY: x-won fan vote, but injured; y-replacement; z-won Final Vote.
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NL Final Vote winner: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
All-Star Game: 1st. Stats: .277, 20 HR, 49 RBI, 60 R — Hey, look, the Cubs can win something. Chicago's 24-year-old first baseman received 8.8 million votes to beat out Colorado's Justin Morneau, Miami's Casey McGehee, Washington's Anthony Rendon and Atlanta's Justin Upton. — Player page — All stats through July 11.