2022 MLB All-Star Game Takeaways
Each of the last eight installments of the MLB All-Star Game was decided by three runs or fewer, and we can now add the 2022 edition of the event to that mix as well. The American League narrowly eked out a 3-2 victory over the National League Tuesday, further extending the AL’s domination of the Midsummer Classic over the past decade or so.
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Three Takeaways from the 2022 MLB All-Star Game
Can’t Spell All-Star Game without the AL
The American League All-Star team took home yet another win over the National League following the former’s 3-2 win Tuesday. That’s now nine straight wins at the ASG for the American League side that now holds a 47-43 edge in the celebrated Midsummer Classic series. In eight of those nine wins, only the 2018 AL All-Star squad gave up more than three runs to its NL rivals in a rare 8-6 slugfest that year.
Stanton Makes A Statement
All three of the American League’s runs were scored in the fourth inning, with Yankees superstar slugger Giancarlo Stanton delivering a two-run blast out of Dodger Stadium to tie the game and Minnesota’s Byron Buxton hitting a solo homer for the go-ahead run that the AL would hang onto.
That multi-RBI performance was enough for Stanton to take home his very first All-Star Game MVP Award. The five-time All-Star earned his fifth nod this season after a five-year absence from the event to give him a huge morale boost entering the second half of the season. Stanton is currently a (+10,000) sleeper candidate to win the 2022 AL MVP award, which would be his second MVP title since winning it in 2017 during his final season as a Miami Marlin.
Aces High? More Like Aces Low
With the league’s best starting pitchers each getting an inning to display their skills at the All-Star Game, it’s quite unfortunate that two strong Cy Young candidates had let-down performances for their respective teams.
The Tampa Bay Rays’ top arm, Shane McClanahan, entered the ASG as the (+200) favorite to win the AL Cy Young Award but was the one to surrender the only two runs scored by the National League team in the very first inning. McClanahan can thank his lucky stars that an opposing ace from the NL had a much worse showing on the mound.
The Dodgers had two starters as representatives in the All-Star festivities that they just hosted. After Clayton Kershaw pitched a clean first inning to the delight of fans in Dodger Stadium, it would be Tony Gonsolin who would turn Dodgers fans in the seats blue in the face. Gonsolin, a (+1,355) sleeper candidate to win the NL Cy Young, gave up all three of the AL’s runs scored in the contest during the fourth inning. He became the first pitcher to lose an All-Star Game in his own home stadium since Roger Clemens took his L in Houston back in 2004.
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