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Gamethread: 2019 All-Star Game

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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.


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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.

Game time is 6:30 p.m. Central, on Fox. The radio broadcast is on ESPN, which in Chicago is WMVP-AM 1000.