The Midsummer Classic has been a game of streaks.
The American League won the first 12 of 16 games, from 1993-49.
From 1950-87, the National League went 33-9-1 — including a stretch of 19 of 20 — swinging the all-time series decidedly in its favor.
And from 1988-present, the AL is back on fire, with a 24-7-1 record. That stretch includes the longest unbeaten streak in ASG history (12-0-1, from 1997-2009) within an overall 18-3-1 run.
This decade, no team has been completely dominant, but with last year’s 8-6 win, the AL took back the all-time series lead (44-43-2) for the first time since 1963.
As if proving how close the two leagues have played over 89 all-time games, the AL has outscored the NL just 369-367.
The All-Star Game should next return to Sox Park in 2033, for the 100th anniversary of the 1933 All-Star Game.
These lineups are STACKED.— All-Star Game (@AllStarGame) July 8, 2019
Which side are you picking? pic.twitter.com/jFdaShYnuJ
Overall, I think it’s advantage, NL.
Unlike last year’s game, threatened by rain and forcing a scramble for Wednesday night contingency plans, the weather in Cleveland tonight is forecasted as perfection.
2019 MLB All-Star Game Weather Report— Covers (@Covers) July 9, 2019
Hazy and warm tonight at Progressive Field in Cleveland with temperatures in the low-80's.
Wind may be a factor with a 10-13 mile per hour wind blowing in from right-center field. https://t.co/kn4O4lrQWZ pic.twitter.com/LExUxeunGN
Game time is 6:30 p.m. Central, on Fox. The radio broadcast is on ESPN, which in Chicago is WMVP-AM 1000.