MLB All-Star Game 2012: National League Dominates
Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game was supposed to be a close matchup—supposed to be.
Us fans were supposed to see a nice matchup of Justin Verlander and Matt Cain, followed by some of the league’s most superb starters and relievers.
Batters were supposed to be uncomfortable at the plate all night long while those pitchers were showing off their dominant stuff.
Such was true for one squad, as the American League club could not seem to figure out the combination of Matt Cain, Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg, Clayton Kershaw, R.A. Dickey, Cole Hamels, Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman, Wade Miley, Joel Hanrahan and Jonathan Papelbon.
They combined to allow just six hits and three walks while striking out seven.
The American League pitchers, on the other hand, did not have such an easy go of things.
Justin Verlander was shellacked for five runs in the first inning before giving way to Joe Nathan. David Price followed, and then Matt Harrison entered and allowed three runs in his only inning of work. Jered Weaver, Chris Sale, Ryan Cook, Jim Johnson and Fernando Rodney all worked scoreless innings in relief.
Long gone are the days where we’ll see competitive matchups in the Midsummer Classic. With the American League’s string of 13-consecutive wins followed now by the National League’s three-game winning streak, the back-and-forth that occurred during the game’s inception is a thing of the past.
The National League now seems like the more overpowering conference, and the fact that they have home-field advantage in the World Series for the third consecutive season proves just that.