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Houston Astros 2019 MLB All-Stars


Verlander to start All-Star Game

Astros ace named the AL starting pitcher; Becomes fifth ASG starter in franchise history

HOUSTON, TX - Astros RHP Justin Verlander today was named as the starting pitcher for the American League squad in Tuesday night’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH.

This will be Verlander’s second career All-Star Game start and his first as a member of the Astros. Prior to this year, four other Astros hurlers have started in the All-Star Game: RHP J.R. Richard (1980); RHP Mike Scott (1987); RHP Roger Clemens (2004); LHP Dallas Keuchel (2015).

Verlander, who also started for the AL in the 2012 All-Star Game, has been named to eight All-Star teams in his career (2007, 2009-13, 2018-19), becoming one of just 20 pitchers (19 Hall of Famers) to earn that distinction. In 2019, he has once again been one of the most dominant pitchers in the game, posting a 10-4 record in 19 starts with a 2.98 ERA. His current 0.81 WHIP is the best in the Majors and would be one of the lowest in history for a starting pitcher. He also has a ML-best .168 opponents batting average, allowing just 76 hits in 126.2 innings pitched. Verlander also ranks among the ML leaders in innings (4th, 126.2) and strikeouts (153, T-3rd).


With Verlander given the starting nod, four Astros players will now start in this year’s All-Star Game, more than any other MLB club this season and the most in franchise history. The Astros have six 2019 All-Stars overall, which is also the most of any club this season and matches the most in club history (2017-18). Joining Verlander in this year’s starting lineup will be OF Michael Brantley, 3B Alex Bregman and OF George Springer, all of whom were voted as starters. RHP Gerrit Cole and RHP Ryan Pressly were also named as 2019 All-Stars.


For the second consecutive season, Alex Bregman will take part in the T-Moblie Home Run Derby, which will be tonight at 7:00 p.m. CT, televised live on ESPN. For the first time, the winner of the derby will receive a $1.0 million prize. In 2018, Bregman became the first Astros player ever to be named as MVP of the All-Star game after his go-ahead, 10th-inning home run helped lead the AL team to a dramatic, 8-6 win.

The 90th MLB All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be televised live on FOX.

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MLB announces starting lineups, pitchers for 90th All-Star Game in Cleveland

Houston’s Verlander to Make Second Career All-Star Game Start; Ryu of the Dodgers to Become First South Korean Pitcher to Start Midsummer Classic

Justin Verlander of Houston 2019 photo By D. Benjamin Miller - Own work, Public Domain, https

Hyun-Jin Ryu of LA Dodgers 2013 photo By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Cleveland, OH – On Tuesday, the 2019 All-Star Game managers, Alex Cora of the American League and Dave Roberts of the National League, announced their starting lineups for Baseball’s 90th Midsummer Classic, to be played on Tuesday at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The lineups were announced at this afternoon’s 2019 All-Star Game Press Conference, which was carried live by MLB Network.

Roberts’ NL lineup and Cora’s AL lineup appear above.

Cora has selected right-hander Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros as the AL’s starting pitcher. This marks the second All-Star start for Verlander, who took the hill at the 2012 Midsummer Classic in Kansas City as a member of the Detroit Tigers. The 36-year-old will become the 33rd pitcher in history to make multiple All-Star starts, and the 12th to do so for different teams, joining Hall of Famers Randy Johnson, Jack Morris, and Steve Carlton; 2019 Hall of Fame inductee Roy Halladay; and Chris Sale, Roger Clemens, Vida Blue, David Wells, Curt Schilling, Dean Chance and former teammate Max Scherzer. Verlander, an eight-time All-Star, is 10-4 with a 2.98 ERA over 19 starts on the season. In 126.2 innings pitched, he has allowed 43 runs (42 earned) on 76 hits with 27 walks and 153 strikeouts. Verlander currently ranks 18th all-time with 2,859 strikeouts and has passed Frank Tanana, Cy Young, Mike Mussina, Mickey Lolich and Jim Bunning on the list thus far in 2019. He is one of 22 pitchers in Major League history to be selected to eight All-Star Games, and 19 of the previous 21 are in the Hall of Fame.

Roberts has chosen Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu as the NL’s starting pitcher. Ryu, who is an All-Star for the first time in his career, is the fourth South Korean-born All-Star in history, joining Shin-Soo Choo (2018), Byung-Hyun Kim (2002) and Chan Ho Park (2001). In addition, Ryu will become the first South Korean-born pitcher to start the Midsummer Classic, and just the second native of an Asian country to do so, joining former Dodgers hurler and Japan native Hideo Nomo, who started the 1995 All-Star Game in Texas for the NL. Overall, Ryu is the 12th different foreign-born pitcher to start the All-Star Game (13th time overall), joining Hall of Famer Juan Marichal of the Dominican Republic (NL, 1965 and 1967); Luis Tiant of Cuba (AL, 1968); Fernando Valenzuela of Mexico (NL, 1981); Mario Soto of the D.R. (NL, 1983); Charlie Lea of France (NL, 1984); Nomo; Hall of Famer Pedro Martínez of the D.R. (AL, 1999); Esteban Loaiza of Mexico (AL, 2003); Ubaldo Jiménez of the D.R. (NL, 2010); Félix Hernández of Venezuela (AL, 2014); and Johnny Cueto of the D.R. (NL, 2016). Ryu, who is 10-2 on the season, leads all Major League pitchers with a 1.73 ERA on the season and did not allow more than one walk in his first 16 starts of the season, the second-longest streak to start a season by any NL pitcher since 1920, behind only Bob Tewksbury (20 straight in 1993). His 0.91 WHIP leads all NL pitchers, and his 9.9 strikeout-to-walk ratio thus far (99 strikeouts, 10 walks) is on pace to be the second-highest in NL history, behind only Bret Saberhagen, who posted a 11.00 ratio in 1994.

With the starts by Verlander and Ryu, tomorrow night will mark just the ninth time in history, and the first time since 2001 (Johnson, Clemens), that the Midsummer Classic features two starting pitchers age 32-or-older. The other occurrences came in 2000 (Johnson, Wells); 1998 (Greg Maddux, Wells); 1989 (Rick Reuschel, Dave Stewart); 1979 (Carlton, Nolan Ryan); 1961 (Bob Purkey, Bunning); 1940 (Paul Derringer, Red Ruffing); and 1939 (Derringer, Ruffing). In addition, both the Dodgers and the Astros last had pitchers start the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati in 2015, when Zack Greinke of the Dodgers squared off against Houston’s Dallas Keuchel.

The 90th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the U.S., while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. For more information about MLB All-Star Week, please visit and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.



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