All-Star Game Preview: Which Starter in AL Lineup Has Best Shot at MVP?

The 2011 MLB All-Star Game takes place tonight at 8:00 PM ET in Chase Field. The indoor ballpark is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, but tonight it plays host to the biggest stars of Major League Baseball. 

Both the American League and the National League have a ton of talent throughout their lineup, which makes picking a potential MVP winner extremely difficult. 

The fans get to help chose the MVP once again this year, and I have faith they'll make the right decision. After all, it's usually pretty clear who deserves to the All-Star MVP. 

The National League won last year, which snapped an American League 13 game win streak. Because of that, they American League will be looking to reclaim their post at the top, as well as win the MVP. 

A bench player has won the last three All-Star MVP awards, but the starters for the American League are all playing extremely well right now and all are capable of winning the the MVP.

However, a few starters have a better shot, and they are Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox, Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays, David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox, or Robison Cano of the New York Yankees.

Gonzalez and Bautista are the clear favorites of the starters to win the the All-Star MVP award because they are the two most dominant players in the league right now.

Ortiz has a shot because all he does is hit the ball, and since he is the one guy with more home runs hit off of Roy Halladay, the National League starter, Ortiz has a shot to put runs on the board, and if he does he'll win the MVP.

Cano has the most confidence of any player right now after crushing the competition in the 2011 Home Run Derby, but batting in eighth could hurt him.

In the end, it will come down to Gonzalez and Bautista. Both are leading the American League in offensive categories, but its Gonzalez who is doing better. Bautista is leading the league in home runs, and is just behind Gonzalez, who is leading the league in batting average and RBI.

I give the nod to Gonzalez because he has been the best player in the baseball thus far. His smooth sweet swing helps him reach base often, and because he's batting third he will be in prime position to win the MVP.

-Eric Bowman

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