Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Who Should Make the All Star Rosters


It's hard to believe that its almost time for the All Star Game, but it is less than two weeks away. I don't agree with some of the fan voting, with the biggest error being Buster Posey leading NL catchers in voting. I'm going to predict who will (and who should) make the All Star team in today's blog.

National League

Starting Lineup
SS Rafael Furcal, STL
CF Andrew McCutchen, PIT
1B Joey Votto, CIN
LF Ryan Braun, MIL
RF Carlos Beltran, STL
3B David Wright, NYM
DH Andre Ethier, LAD
2B Dan Uggla, ATL
C Buster Posey, SF
P R.A. Dickey, NYM

C Carlos Ruiz, PHI
C Yadier Molina, STL
1B Bryan LaHair, CHIC
2B Brandon Phillips, CIN
SS Jed Lowrie, HOU
3B David Freese, STL
3B Chase Headley, SD
LF Carlos Gonzalez, COL
LF Melky Cabrera, SF
LF Matt Holliday, STL
CF Michael Bourn, ATL
RF Giancarlo Stanton, MIA

Starting Pitchers
RH Matt Cain, SF
RH Stephen Strasburg, WASH
LH Gio Gonzalez, WASH
LH Cole Hamels, PHI
RH James McDonald, PIT
LH Wade Miley, ARZ
RH Zack Greinke, MIL
RH Lance Lynn, STL

Relief Pitchers
RH Craig Kimbrel, ATL
RH Kenley Jansen, LAD
LH Aroldis Chapman, CIN
RH Tyler Clippard, WASH

CF Matt Kemp, LAD

Notes: Matt Kemp has said he will not play in the All Star Game due to injuries. Andrew McCutchen is having a great season, and should start in Kemp's place. Buster Posey has a case to make it as a reserve, but has no business starting over Yadier Molina or Carlos Ruiz. I left off a bunch of worthy pitchers in Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong, Clayton Kershaw, Chris Capuano, Johan Santana, and Johnny Cueto. There are always extra pitchers added though, since pitcher's who pitch the Sunday prior to the game are inelgible to pitch in the All Star Game. I don't think Tony La Russa would pick Cueto anyway, after the kicking incident two years ago that ended Jason LaRue's career.

American League

Starting Lineup
SS Derek Jeter, NYY
2B Robinson Cano, NYY
LF Josh Hamilton, TEX
1B Prince Fielder, DET
RF Jose Bautista, TOR
DH David Ortiz, BOS
3B Adrian Beltre, TEX
CF Curtis Granderson, NYY
C Mike Napoli, TEX
P Justin Verlander, DET

C Joe Mauer, MIN
1B Paul Konerko, CHIWS
2B Jason Kipnis, CLE
2B Ian Kinsler, TEX
SS Elvis Andrus, TEX
3B Miguel Cabrera, DET
3B Mike Moustakas, KC
CF Adam Jones, BAL
RF Josh Reddick, OAK
OF Mike Trout, LAA
UM Mark Trumbo, LAA
DH Edwin Encarnacion, TOR

Starting Pitchers
RH Jake Peavy, CHIWS
LH Chris Sale, CHIWS
LH David Price, TB
RH Felix Hernandez, SEA
RH Jason Hammel, BAL
RH Yu Darvish, TEX
LH CJ Wilson, LAA

Relief Pitchers
RH Joe Nathan, TEX
RH Jim Johnson, BAL
RH Fernando Rodney, TB
RH Chris Perez, CLE
LH Scott Downs, LAA

Notes: In my opinion, Adam Jones should be starting over Curtis Granderson, Paul Konerko instead of Prince Fielder, and either Joe Mauer, AJ Pierzynski, or Matt Wieters over Mike Napoli. I couldn't find a spot for Josh Willingham or Jonathon Broxton, who are both deserving, but play for bad teams.

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