The 2013 MLB All-Star Game rosters have been announced, and on paper, it’s clear which team has the advantage. Home-field advantage in this year’s World Series is on the line, and the National League will earn that honor.

Playing in the New York Mets’ Citi Field paired with its roster, the National League has the edge on paper. There are plenty of first-timers on the NL squad, but that is not due to any kind of lack of talent in the league. 

Here is the full All-Star roster for both squads, courtesy of


MLB All-Star Game Starters

American League

Pos. Name Team
*C Joe Mauer Twins
*1B Chris Davis Orioles
*2B Robinson Cano Yankees
*SS J.J. Hardy Orioles 
*3B Miguel Cabrera Tigers
*OF Mike Trout Angels
*OF Adam Jones Orioles
*OF  Jose Bautista Blue Jays
*DH David Ortiz Red Sox
^P Clay Buchholz Red Sox
P Brett Cecil Blue Jays
P Bartolo Colon A’s
^P Jesse Crain White Sox
P Yu Darvish Rangers
P Felix Hernandez Mariners
P Hisashi Iwakuma Mariners
P Justin Masterson Indians
P Joe Nathan Rangers
P Glen Perkins Twins
P Mariano Rivera Yankees
P Chris Sale White Sox
P Max Scherzer Tigers
P Justin Verlander Tigers
C Jason Castro Astros
C Salvador Perez Royals
1B Prince Fielder Tigers
2B Jason Kipnis Indians
2B Dustin Pedroia Red Sox
2B Ben Zobrist Rays
SS Jhonny Peralta Tigers
3B Manny Machado Orioles
OF Nelson Cruz Rangers
OF Alex Gordon Royals
OF Torii Hunter Tigers
DH Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays


National League

Pos. Name Team
*C Yadier Molina Cardinals
*1B Joey Votto Reds
*2B Brandon Phillips Reds
*SS Troy Tulowitzki Rockies
*3B David Wright Mets
*OF Carlos Beltran Cardinals
*OF Carlos Gonzalez Rockies
*OF Bryce Harper  Nationals
P Madison Bumgarner Giants
P Aroldis Chapman Reds
P Patrick Corbin D-Backs
P Jose Fernandez Marlins
P Jason Grilli Pirates
P Matt Harvey Mets
P Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
P Craig Kimbrel Braves
P Cliff Lee Phillies
P Jeff Locke Pirates
P Adam Wainwright Cardinals
P Travis Wood Cubs
P Jordan Zimmermann Nationals
C Buster Posey Giants
1B Paul Goldschmidt D-Backs
1B Allen Craig Cardinals
2B Matt Carpenter Cardinals
2B Marco Scutaro Giants
SS Everth Cabrera Padres
SS Jean Segura Brewers
3B Pedro Alvarez Pirates
OF Domonic Brown Phillies
OF Michael Cuddyer Rockies
OF Carlos Gomez Brewers
OF Andrew McCutchen Pirates

* = Starter

^ = Injured, will not play


Both teams have exciting and talented rosters, with the American League boasting red-hot Chris Davis and his 33 home runs. Countering Davis and the AL batters’ firepower are Matt Harvey, Clayton Kershaw, Cliff Lee, Madison Bumgarner and others.

Kershaw owns the MLB’s lowest ERA at 1.93, with fellow NL All-Stars Harvey and Adam Wainwright just behind at 2.27 and 2.36, respectively. All three pitchers have struck out at least 117 batters already this season.

American League hurler Felix Hernandez currently owns the 10th-best ERA in the league but does have 130 strikeouts to his name so far. Yu Darvish, Justin Verlander and Chris Sale are other fine AL arms available, but there’s more to like about the National League names.

Aroldis Chapman, Jason Grilli and Craig Kimbrel are available to pitch the last few innings for the NL. Those three have the edge over Glen Perkins, Joe Nathan and Mariano Rivera.

Justin Masterson and Max Scherzer are other weak links on the AL squad. Masterson has been shelled for six earned runs in two of his past three outings.

Scherzer is on a roll this year, but his 2011 and 2012 seasons cannot be forgotten. He finished with an ERA of 3.74 or higher both years and lost two of his three postseason starts last year.

As for batting, having Mike Trout, Davis and Jose Bautista is intimidating paired with David Ortiz and others. 

When you look at the NL with David Wright, Bryce Harper, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Gonzalez, there’s a lot to like for the home team. 

The batting is a bit of a wash. Wright doesn’t have the pop that AL third baseman Davis has, but he knows Citi Field better than anyone in the All-Star game. No manager could go wrong with either team’s starting outfielders.

Like other recent All-Star Games, this one will come down to pitching. Over the past three All-Star Games, the American League has tallied just two runs and lost each exhibition. Expect the pitching depth of the National League to best the AL for the fourth straight year at Citi Field.

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