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Daily Dose: The Results Are In

Monday, July 9, 2018


The Votes Are In


The starting lineups and reserve rosters for the 2018 Major League All-Star Game were announced on Sunday night, and as is the case every year, there were many seemingly deserving players who were snubbed, for now at least.


First though, let’s take a look at who did get named to the squads (number of All-Star appearances in parentheses)


American League


Starters


C - Wilson Ramos (2)

1B - Jose Abreu (2)

2B - Jose Altuve (6)

SS - Manny Machado (4)

3B - Jose Ramirez (2)

OF - Mookie Betts (3)

OF - Aaron Judge (2)

OF - Mike Trout (7

DH - J.D. Martinez (2)



Reserves


C - Salvador Perez (6)

1B - Mitch Moreland (1)

SS - Francisco Lindor (3)

3B - Alex Bregman (1)

3B - Gleyber Torres (1)

OF - Michael Brantley (3)

OF - Shin-Soo Choo (1)

OF - Mitch Haniger (1)

OF - George Springer (2)

DH - Nelson Cruz (6)


Pitchers


Trevor Bauer (1)

Jose Berrios (1)

Aroldis Chapman (5)

Gerrit Cole (2)

Edwin Diaz (1)

J.A. Happ (1)

Joe Jimenez (1)

Craig Kimbrel (7)

Corey Kluber (3)

Chris Sale (7)

Luis Severino (2)

Blake Treinen (1)

Justin Verlander (7)



Final Vote


OF Andrew Benintendi

OF Eddie Rosario

SS Jean Segura

SS Andrelton Simmons

OF Giancarlo Stanton



National League


Starters


C - Willson Contreras (1) 

1B - Freddie Freeman (3) 

2B - Javier Baez (1) 

SS - Brandon Crawford (2) 

3B - Nolan Arenado (4) 

OF - Bryce Harper (6) 

OF - Nick Markakis (1) 

OF - Matt Kemp (3) 


Reserves


C - Buster Posey (6)

C - J.T. Realmuto (1)

1B - Paul Goldschmidt (6)

1B - Joey Votto (6)

2B - Ozzie Albies (1)

2B - Scooter Gennett (1)

SS - Trevor Story (1)

3B - Eugenio Suarez (1)

OF - Charlie Blackmon (3)

OF - Lorenzo Cain (2)

OF - Christian Yelich (1)


Pitchers


Patrick Corbin (2)

Jacob deGrom (2)

Sean Doolittle (2)

Mike Foltynewicz (1)

Josh Hader (1)

Brad Hand (2)

Kenley Jansen (3)

Jon Lester (5)

Miles Mikolas (1)

Aaron Nola (1)

Max Scherzer (6)

Felipe Vazquez (1)


Final Vote


1B - Jesus Aguilar

1B - Brandon Belt

3B - Matt Carpenter

2B - Max Muncy

SS - Trea Turner




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The three teams leading their respective divisions in the American League (Red Sox, Indians and Astros), lead the way with five representatives each.


The Braves pace the field in the National League with four representatives.


There are a combined 25 first-time All-Star selections between the two teams, and could be more depending on the results of the Final Vote.


Of those first-time representatives, the feel-good story has to be Nick Markakis. The 34-year-old outfielder is playing in his 13th MLB season, and having perhaps the finest year of his career for the upstart Braves. Markakis is slashing .322/.389/.490 with 10 homers, 59 RBI and a 42/41 K/BB ratio. He has the most career hits of any player making his first All-Star Game appearance.


On the American League side, Shin-Soo Choo has a similar story. The 35-year-old is in his 14th season. He has reached base safely in each of his last 47 games and is slashing .293/.399/.504 with 17 homers and 42 RBI on the year.


Another fantastic story is Miles Mikolas. Playing in the big leagues for the first time since 2014 after spending the last three seasons in Japan, he has been a godsend for the Cardinals and for fantasy owners who took a chance on him this spring. He’s very well-deserving of the All-Star nod as he sits at 9-3 with a 2.63 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 75/17 K/BB ratio across 109 ⅓ innings in his 17 starts.


Matt Kemp’s story is pretty remarkable as well. The 33-year-old outfielder was acquired over the winter in what was viewed as merely a salary dump. The Dodgers were unable to flip him elsewhere, despite their best efforts to do so, and there were many who believed he wouldn’t even make the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster out of spring training. Fast forward a couple of months, and he’s starting in the All-Star Game. It’s well-deserved too, as he has been the team’s best hitter this season. Kemp is hitting .319/.360/.549 with 15 homers and 57 RBI in his 297 plate appearances.



As far as the snubs go, how is Blake Snell not an All-Star? I get it. There are only so many spots, and every team needs a representative, but this guy is having an All-Star caliber season. Don’t get me wrong, he’ll wind up on the team before all is said and done, I get that. He’ll be a replacement for a pitcher who won’t be able to pitch in the game because he has pitched in the days leading up to it, but c’mon, Snell should have been chosen in the first place. The 25-year-old hurler is 12-4 with a 2.09 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 132/44 K/BB ratio and .182 batting average against in his 116 innings.


In the National League, the fans at least have the ability to right the wrong of Jesus Aguilar’s exclusion. The 28-year-old had another monster day at the dish on Sunday, clubbing two more home runs and driving in four, leading the Brewers in a 10-3 rout over the Braves. He has been one of the driving forces behind the Brewers’ surprise success this season and has started to garner consideration for the National League MVP award. That’s pretty impressive for a guy who barely made the Opening Day roster as a bench bat and third-string first baseman. He’s hitting .306/.368/.633 with 22 homers and 63 RBI in only 280 plate appearances. His slugging percentage towers over everyone else in the National League and he’s tied with Nolan Arenado for the NL lead in home runs, getting there in 76 fewer at-bats.


Snell and Aguilar are certainly the headliners, but there are others with legitimate beefs about not being invited to the party here. Some of them, like Trea Turner and Max Muncy in the National League, still have an opportunity at least to get in on the final vote. All are deserving of being included on the roster though. The same goes for Andrew Benintendi, Jean Segura and Eddie Rosario in the American League.


There are others though, who are having fantastic seasons that didn’t even sniff the final vote. Charlie Morton, James Paxton, Nick Castellanos, Kyle Freeland and Ross Stripling to name a few. The one that really stands out to me though is Jed Lowrie. The 34-year-old has never made an All-Star team in his career, but is having an outstanding season in the middle of the Athletics’ lineup, slashing .290/.357/.507 with 16 homers and 62 RBI. His 62 RBI tie him for second in the American League behind J.D. Martinez.


Back to the every team needs a representative thing though. Sure, the Royals needed to send someone to the game, I get that. And yes, he was voted in by the MLB players, not by the league, I understand that as well. But it’s pretty criminal that Salvador Perez gets to call himself an All-Star with the season that he’s having. Sure, he’s widely-regarded as one of the top catchers in the American League and he’s great defensively, but the dude is sporting a .255 on-base percentage. I’m going to repeat that, because it bears repeating. He’s slashing .213/.255/.376 on the season with 11 homers and 34 RBI. The American League is basically a cesspool at the catcher position and there aren’t any better options jumping off the page, but yeesh.




American League Quick Hits: The Athletics are considering signing Jed Lowrie to a new deal rather than trading him, which is completely understandable given the type of season that the veteran infielder is having… Willy Adames missed his second straight game due to illness… Aaron Hicks sat out Sunday’s game with a minor hamstring injury. He’s considered day-to-day… Trevor Cahill (Achilles) is expected to rejoin the A’s rotation on Thursday in Houston… The Royals demoted the struggling Jason Hammel and his 6.16 ERA to the bullpen. Burch Smith will take his spot in the rotation, starting Wednesday against the Twins in Minnesota… Nick Castellanos was scratched from the Tigers’ lineup due to mild left wrist soreness. He’s day-to-day… The Rangers acquired Austin Jackson, Cody Gearrin and Jason Bahr from the Giants for cash considerations or a player to be named later. Jackson is expected to be released or flipped elsewhere… Carlos Correa (back) has yet to resume baseball activities… Mallex Smith exited Sunday’s game with leg cramps. He’ll be fine in a day or two… Avisail Garcia was lifted from Sunday’s contest with renewed tightness in his right hamstring. It’s the same injury that cost him two months of action earlier this season, so there’s definitely cause for concern here… Alex Cobb left Sunday’s start with a blister on his right index finger… C.J. Cron belted his 17th home run as the Rays routed the Mets… Ryan Borucki struck out five over seven innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Yankees… Austin Bibens-Dirkx hurled 5 ⅓ shutout innings in a victory over the Tigers… Brett Anderson fired five scoreless frames in a victory over the Indians in his return from the disabled list… Dallas Keuchel allowed just one run over seven innings against the White Sox, pitching the Astros to their sixth straight victory… Brian Dozier homered and drove in three as the Twins demolished the Orioles… Jake Odorizzi threw six innings of shutout ball in the win there… Whit Merrifield went 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in a losing effort against the Red Sox… Andrew Benintendi went 4-for-5 with a pair of runs scored in the win there… Andrew Heaney struck out 10 over seven innings of three-run ball in a victory over the Dodgers… Shohei Ohtani blasted a pinch-hit, go-ahead homer in the seventh inning to beat the Dodgers… Edwin Diaz recorded his 35h save, working a perfect ninth inning against the Rockies… Ryon Healy homered and drove in five runs, leading the Mariners past the Rockies.


National League Quick Hits: Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Dodgers and Brewers are the “most serious suitors” for Orioles’ shortstop Manny MachadoYasiel Puig left Sunday’s game with a right oblique strain and is headed for the disabled list…  Kris Bryant (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment at Double-A Tennessee on Monday… Cesar Hernandez missed his second consecutive game with a sore foot… Ryan Braun landed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained back… Wade Miley (oblique) is expected to rejoin the Brewers’ rotation this week… Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) isn’t likely to be ready to pitch before September… Sean Doolittle was diagnosed with a strained toe. He’s day-to-day… The Giants purchased the contract of Steven Duggar from Triple-A and he’s expected to see regular action in center field. He makes for an intriguing addition in deeper mixed leagues… Yadier Molina missed his second straight start with a sore right shoulder… Bob Elliott of the Canadian Baseball Network reports that the Cubs may have interest in Blue Jays’ southpaw (and first-tim All-Star) J.A. HappWalker Buehler will rejoin the Dodgers’ rotation next weekend against the Angels… Tommy Pham left Sunday’s game with a left ankle contusion. He’s listed as day-to-day… Gorkys Hernandez was pulled from Sunday’s game with tightness in his left calf, he’s also day-to-day… Enyel De Los Santos will make his big league debut for the Phillies on Tuesday against the Mets…Pablo Sandoval suffered a sprained left thumb while diving for a ball at third base during Sunday's game…  Starling Marte swiped his 22nd base in a win over the Phillies… J.T. Realmuto went 5-for-6 with three RBI as the Marlins destroyed the Nationals… Eugenio Suarez blasted his 19th home run in a losing effort against the Cubs… Manuel Margot went 5-for-6 and stole a base in a marathon victory over the Diamondbacks… Wil Myers blasted a go-ahead solo homer in the 16th inning to win that one for the Padres… Matt Carpenter blasted a pinch-hit three-run homer as the Cardinals dropped a slugfest against the Giants.



Dave Shovein is a baseball writer for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveShovein.
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