By: Noah Wright
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MLB announced the all-star rosters for the 2018 all-star game earlier today, and after the all-star award show, some fans had some different thoughts on the roster. Let's look at some of the starters, some of the reserves, and the players that we think were snubbed from the 2018 All Star rosters.
For The NL, it was first announced that the starting outfield would consist of Matt Kemp, Nick Markakis, and Bryce Harper. For some fans (including myself), we think Harper should not start. His overall batting line of .219/.371/.475 is somewhat lackluster for Bryce Harper. And while average isn’t everything, someone like David Peralta, or Brandon Nimmo (who not only have better averages, but beter OPS) should have gotten an all-star nod, but instead Harper will be starting in The NL line-up, lest injury occurs. The infield was then announced to be Willson Contreras, Freddie Freeman, Javier Baez, Nolan Arenado, and Brandon Crawford. The infield was fairly agreeable on, except for Contreras, and maybe Baez getting the starting nods for catcher. While Contreras is batting a decent .287/.371/.469 with 7 homers and 34 RBI’s, there were a few other catchers that should have gotten the start over Contreras. The biggest example being J.T. Realmuto, who’s having an amazing season.
On The AL side, the outfield was announced to be Mookie Betts, Aaron Judge, and Mike Trout. I do not think any fan would disagree that much with the 3 starting OF’s. The infield is also stacked. Behind the plate will be Rays’ Wilson Ramos. He’s followed by Jose Abreu, Jose Altuve, Jose Ramirez, and Manny Machado to fill out the rest of the infield. First base could cause some fans to disagree. While Abreu has always been a very productive batter, Abreu is having his worst season in the majors, as he’s batting just .259/.316/.450 with 12 homers and 50 RBI’s. Another position that can cause some arguments is shortstop. Though Manny Machado is having an amazing season, the best of his career, a good argument can be made that Francisco Lindor should have gotten the nod over Machado.
The NL had a good amount of reserves that could have been starters. Buster Posey and J.T. Realmuto make up the catching duo in the reserves. At first, Joey Votto, and Paul Goldschmidt back-up Freddie Freeman. The middle infield reserves will be Scooter Gennett, Ozzie Albies, and Trevor Story. In the outfield, Charlie Blackmon is joined by 2 Brewers, Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich. Second base was really up for grabs until voting ended. Each second basemen in the running had a good chance of starting, and had number to back it up too. However, it was Baez who ran away with the starting spot.
The AL further stacked their team with their reserves. At catcher, Royals’ Salvador Perez makes up the only catcher in reserve. The infield corners will be backed up by Mitch Moreland, and Alex Bregman. The middle infield reserves are 2 young and talented players in the form of Gleyber Torres, and Francisco Lindor. In the outfield, Michael Brantley, Shin Soo Choo, Mitch Haniger, and George Springer get all star nods. Nelson Cruz was also the only reserves DH.
For The NL, pitching is headlined by ace starters Max Scherzer, Jacob DeGrom, Aaron Nola, Miles Mikolas, Mike Foltynewicz, Jon Lester, and Patrick Corbin. The bullpen will be strong too, with relief pitcher Brad Hand, Sean Doolittle, Felipe Vazquez (formerly Rivero), Kenley Jansen, and strikeout artist Josh Hader.
The AL also has a strong pitching staff. Leading the way will be former Cy Young winners Justin Verlander, and Corey Kluber. They’ll be joined by Trevor Bauer, Gerrit Cole, Chris Sale, Luis Severino, Jose Berrios, and J.A. Happ. The bullpen pieces that went to The All Star Game will be hard throwing Aroldis Chapman, with rival closer Craig Kimbrel also making the team. Backing them will be Blake Treinen, Joe Jimenez, and Edwin Diaz.
Every year, there are always a handful of snubs. This season is no different. I won’t count any final vote players, as they still have a chance. However, I’d like to start with The NL. Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera has had a great season. He currently has a .280 average, and his .333 OBP, and .470 slugging % are both decent enough to make The ASG. Another NL snub is Cubs’ closer Brandon Morrow. While Morrow had seen a few days on The DL, he is having a terrific season. Overall, he has a 1.35 ERA, 2.71 FIP, and 1.088 WHIP.
The AL also had their fair share of snubs. The first I want to mention is Rays’ starter Blake Snell. How snell didn’t make The ASG is beyond me. Snell currently holds a league low 2.09 ERA, along with a decent 3.35 FIP, and 1.026 WHIP. He also has a 10.2 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9, both are career bests. Tigers’ Nick Castellanos has also been batting well (I had previously written an article on him recently, you can click ‘here’ to check it out), and missed The ASG.
For some of the guys that didn’t get into The ASG, there’s always the final vote, when a few of the players that may have just missed getting into The ASG, or deserve it get a last chance. For The NL, Jesus Aguilar, Matt Carpenter, Max Muncy, Trea Turner, and Brandon Belt are on the final NL ballot. For The AL, Andrew Benintendi, Eddie Rosario, Jean Segura, Andrelton Simmons, and Giancarlo Stanton make up the final AL ballot.