When the National League All-Star team takes the field in the top of the first inning on Tuesday night at Marlins Park for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game, a familiar face will be on the mound.
Nationals ace Max Scherzer (10-5, 2.10 ERA, 173 K) was named N.L. All-Star Game starting pitcher on Monday afternoon by the Cubs' Joe Maddon, the N.L. manager for the Mid-Summer Classic.
Scherzer will be opposed by Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale (11-4, 2.75 ERA, 178 K).
The 2017 All-Star Game start will be Scherzer's second. Scherzer started the 2014 MLB All-Star Game for the American League as a member of the Detroit Tigers.
With the Tuesday start, Scherzer will become just the fifth pitcher in MLB history to start an All-Star Game for both the American and National Leagues, joining Vida Blue ('71 & '75 Athletics, '78 Giants), Randy Johnson ('95 & '97 Mariners, '00 & '01 Diamondbacks), Roger Clemens ('85 Red Sox & '01 Yankees, '04 Astros), and Roy Halladay ('09 Blue Jays, '11 Phillies).
Scherzer sits atop the N.L. lead in earned run average, strikeouts, WHIP and is tied for third with ten wins.
He is also the first pitcher in MLB history to enter the All-Star Break with at least 10 wins and 60 strikeouts in five straight seasons.
The 2017 MLB All-Star Game starts at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11 and will be broadcast on FOX.