Major League Baseball unveiled the All Star Game rosters Sunday night. For the most part, not awful. I mean sure Bryce Harper being a starter while hitting fucking .215 or whatever is not great, but the game is being played in DC and he does have 22 bombs (2nd in NL) and an OPS at .850 so fine.
The only other gripe I have is Blake Snell not making the roster. That dude has pitched his dick off this year. To put it in perspective, he’s fourth in AL pitching WAR and leads the goddamn American League in ERA. I think I saw that he’s the first pitcher to lead the league in the American League in ERA ant not make the All Star Game in the last 17 years. He’s second in the league in Hits/9 (ahead of Sale, Severino, Verlander, Kluber to name a few). I could go on, but he’s basically a top ten pitcher in the American League in every category. I’m sure he’ll find his way on the roster, but still he should have gotten the honor of being selected initially.
Okay now let’s get to the Final Vote. Five players that didn’t initially make it that the fans now get to vote in. Let’s start with the American League and some blind resumes.
If you’re going based off of these stat lines alone then it kind of depends on what you value. WAR? OPS? Homers? Speed? Defense? I would probably say the one with the best overall numbers is Player A or Player E and thus should be getting your vote. Now Player D’s WAR definitely jumps out because it is in the only one over four, but Player E is at a 3.9 which, if my math is correct, is only 0.2 lower than a 4.1 so also not bad. Now let’s talk about Players B and C. Player B is your prototypical solid hitter. 115 hits is good for second in the AL, but the power numbers aren’t there. On top of that, you can’t look at Player B’s stat line and say as a whole, it’s better than A’s or E’s. Player C has the most homers, but doesn’t even have the second most RBI out of all the players. Out of the five players, again, you can’t say his numbers as a whole are better than the A or E.
So who are these players?
Player A – Andrew Benintendi
Player B – Jean Segura
Player C – Giancarlo Stanton
Player D – Andrelton Simmons
Player E – Eddie Rosario
So see, it makes sense that Simmons has the highest WAR because he’s defensively so damn good, however it just sucks for him (and Segura) for that matter, that he’s in the league at the same time as Francisco Lindor, Manny Machado, and Carlos Correa. But thems the breaks.
To wrap it up though, who should make it? Rosario or Benintendi
Who will make it? Stanton or Benintendi
Now to the NL. Blind resume time:
To me it should pretty clearly be Player G or Player I. Player J definitely has a case, but he has significantly less hits, and at bats for that matter. The other guys have a larger sample size so it’s kind of fair to say had Player J had even 50 more at bats, his OPS, OPS +, and OBP may not look like what it does now. Plus, those RBI numbers are down for a guy that based on that stat line should be a power hitter. Player H is interesting. The most hits, but the lowest offensive numbers. This screams “leadoff hitter” to me and of course you can’t look past the 22 swipes. But an OPS+ at 104 compared the other ones just isn’t making the cut for me. Player F, similar to H, has okay numbers, but they’re just not as good as the Player G or I. So who are these guys?
Player F – Matt Carpenter
Player G – Brandon Belt
Player H – Trea Turner
Player I – Jesus Aguilar
Player J – Max Muncy
Putting the names to these numbers makes things a bit more interesting to me. Trea Turner, a Nat, is one of the most exciting young players in baseball. Speed, defense, some pop, he can kind of do it all, not to mention the game is being played in his home ballpark. Aguilar and Belt kind of are in the same boat as Simmons and Segura from the AL. The NL is absolutely stacked with first basemen. You got Votto, Freeman, Goldschmidt, even Rizzo even though he’s having a down-ish year, and you could actually throw Hosmer in there too so it’s pretty tough to break into that class. What works in their favor is the DH because you’d have to figure Votto will be the DH in the starting lineup.
So, who should make it: Belt or Aguilar
Who will make it: Turner or Belt
So now you know. If you don’t have a horse in the race, there’s a little outline of who you should vote for. For me? I’ll be voting for Benintendi (obviously) and probably Belt. He’s having a career year and with Rizzo not playing all that great, this may be his chance to get to the game, not to mention he’s a very good defender. As long as Stanton doesn’t make it over Benny Biceps, it’s fine.