Voting is now over, but we will soon find out if the efforts of Royals fans were enough to send Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer to the All-Star Game as starters together for the second consecutive season. Mike Moustakas, Whit Merrifield, and Lorenzo Cain are also possibilities to get voted in if they get a late push, and could be considered as reserves selected by the Commissioner's office, as well as pitcher Jason Vargas.
The entire team will be revealed this Sunday at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN, but in the meantime let’s try to figure out what the American League All-Star team might look like and how many Royals will be on it. With the new labor deal, 32 players will be named Sunday (with five players up for the final vote), and every team must have one representative. Injuries and replacements will also affect the roster quite a bit. (Numbers are through Wednesday's games)
Edit: Forgot about new changes to the All-Star Game from the CBA!
|Alex Avila, DET||191||.321||.435||.597||174||11||2.4|
|Gary Sanchez, NYY||205||.285||.376||.536||143||13||1.9|
|Salvador Perez, KCR||278||.291||.321||.536||120||16||1.7|
|Brian McCann, HOU||221||.266||.344||.464||114||10||1.4|
|Mike Zunino, SEA||195||.240||.313||.474||111||10||1.1|
Salvy leads the voting at catcher by a pretty wide margin, so it is safe to assume he will get the start in Miami. Gary Sanchez probably has the best chance of unseating Salvy as starter in the near future, and will likely make it as a reserve. Alex Avila is having a fluky good season, and with few other good candidates, seems a good bet to be there as well.
All-Stars: Salvador Perez (starter), Alex Avila, Gary Sanchez
|Logan Morrison, TBR||307||.250||.355||.565||139||22||2.4|
|Yonder Alonso, OAK||257||.283||.377||.570||151||17||2.0|
|Justin Smoak, TOR||286||.301||.367||.590||150||21||2.0|
|Eric Hosmer, KCR||318||.306||.365||.465||120||9||0.8|
|Miguel Cabrera, DET||275||.265||.360||.454||114||10||0.7|
Things could change in the last week of voting, but Eric Hosmer has held onto the lead at first base for the last two weeks. That may rankle some stat guys, as Eric Hosmer rates just a bit over replacement level, despite hitting over .300 for the second time in his career. But it is not hard to see the appeal in a weak year at first base with big names like Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols have seasons in decline.
All-Stars: Eric Hosmer (starter), Logan Morrison, Yonder Alonso, Justin Smoak
|Jose Altuve, HOU||337||.328||.402||.527||150||11||3.5|
|Jed Lowrie, OAK||310||.288||.358||.489||129||9||2.1|
|Jonathan Schoop, BAL||306||.293||.350||.540||131||15||1.8|
|Starlin Castro, NYY||313||.313||.348||.486||121||12||1.7|
|Robinson Cano, SEA||304||.283||.339||.480||118||14||1.7|
Jose Altuve seems like a near-lock to start at second base, and deservedly so as he is heads and tails better than anyone else. Bigger names like Brian Dozier, Ian Kinsler, Dustin Pedroia, and Jason Kipnis have had disappointing seasons, which could open things up for a new face. Although he was fourth in the voting last week, it seems very unlikely Whit Merrifield will make it as even a reserve.
All-Stars: Jose Altuve (starter), Jonathan Schoop
|Carlos Correa, HOU||323||.305||.384||.515||141||14||2.8|
|Xander Bogaerts, BOS||321||.316||.371||.463||117||5||2.7|
|Andrelton Simmons, LAA||336||.280||.333||.423||106||8||2.3|
|Didi Gregorious, NYY||224||.313||.332||.486||114||9||1.9|
|Jean Segura, SEA||229||.336||.386||.460||131||5||1.5|
Correa seems like a good bet to join teammate Jose Altuve up the middle for the Midsummer Classic. The Yankees have a chance to have their double-play team on the team as well. Don't expect Alcides Escobar to be anywhere near this roster.
All-Stars: Carlos Correa (starter), Xander Bogaerts
|Jose Ramirez, CLE||318||.322||.377||.557||145||12||2.9|
|Miguel Sano, MIN||293||.274||.375||.548||140||18||2.3|
|Manny Machado, BAL||317||.223||.297||.435||88||15||1.6|
|Mike Moustakas, KCR||291||.271||.309||.542||117||20||1.5|
|Evan Longoria, TBR||342||.255||.319||.438||100||12||1.5|
Sano has surpassed Machado in voting, and with his breakout season that seems more fitting. Machado is still excelling with the glove, but is hitting just .223, well-short of All-Star status. The National League is absolutely stacked at third, but injuries to Adrian Beltre and slumps to Machado and Evan Longoria could open things up for Mike Moustakas to make the squad, although the Final Five is a possibility as well.
All-Stars: Miguel Sano (starter), Jose Ramirez, Mike Moustakas
|Aaron Judge, NYY||323||.333||.449||.704||200||27||5.1|
|George Springer, HOU||332||.289||.367||.585||153||24||3.3|
|Corey Dickerson, TBR||331||.333||.375||.583||154||17||3.0|
|Aaron Hicks, NYY||242||.290||.398||.515||144||10||2.7|
|Mookie Betts, BOS||343||.272||.347||.475||112||12||2.6|
|Lorenzo Cain, KCR||313||.286||.358||.457||115||10||2.4|
|Avisail Garcia, CHW||309||.318||.362||.512||131||11||2.1|
|Stephen Souza, TBR||316||.265||.371||.481||132||14||2.1|
|Marwin Gonzalez, HOU||214||.315||.401||.582||162||13||1.8|
|Trey Mancini, BAL||235||.323||.366||.585||147||14||1.6|
|Nelson Cruz, SEA||313||.286||.371||.502||134||14||1.3|
|Khris Davis, OAK||324||.256||.336||.526||129||21||1.1|
|Ryon Healy, OAK||315||.272||.302||.522||118||19||0.5|
Mike Trout would be voted in as a starter along with George Springer and Aaron Judge, if voting held, but Trout will be out for the game with an injury. After those three, the outfield crop gets pretty thin. It is so thin, a guy named Abraham Almonte, who has an OPS of .660 with the Indians, his fourth organization, is in the top 15 in voting. Corey Dickerson seems like the best bet to replace Trout as a starter, with 2016 All-Star Mookie Betts as a reserve. Avisail Garcia has had a surprisingly good season and could be the lone White Sox representative. A thin class could create an opening for the red-hot Lorenzo Cain. Nelson Cruz leads vote-getters at designated hitter.
All-Stars: Aaron Judge (starter), George Springer (starter), Mike Trout (injured), Corey Dickerson (starter), Nelson Cruz (starter) Mookie Betts, Avisail Garcia
|Chris Sale, BOS||10||3||2.77||2.05||113.2||12.3||4.7|
|Chris Archer, TBR||6||4||3.88||2.88||104.1||10.9||3.1|
|Luis Severino, NYY||5||3||3.15||3.08||94.1||10.2||2.7|
|Michael Fulmer, DET||6||6||3.29||3.07||93.0||6.9||2.6|
|Lance McCullers, HOU||7||1||2.53||2.75||81.2||10.7||2.4|
|Corey Kluber, CLE||6||2||3.24||2.66||72.1||11.6||2.4|
|Jason Vargas, KCR||11||3||2.29||3.46||94.1||6.7||2.2|
|Yu Darvish, TEX||6||6||3.11||3.75||107.0||9.7||2.0|
|Dallas Keuchel, HOU||9||0||1.67||3.10||75.2||8.2||1.9|
|Marcus Stroman, TOR||8||4||3.41||3.96||100.1||7.5||1.6|
|Jose Berrios, MIN||7||2||2.98||3.37||60.1||9.0||1.4|
|C.C. Sabathia, NYY||7||2||3.46||4.12||75.1||7.4||1.2|
|Ervin Santana, MIN||10||4||2.80||4.58||106.0||6.9||1.2|
Jason Vargas seems like a decent bet to start the game as he leads the league in both wins and ERA among qualified starters (Dallas Keuchel falls short of qualifying right now). Yu Darvish will be the only rep from Texas. Vargas starts next Wednesday, which would leave him available to start for the AL squad. On the other hand, many of these pitchers will end up being unavailable due to starting the weekend before and will be replaced. Keuchel, for one, has been out and seems unlikely to be on the active roster
All-Stars: Yu Darvish, Michael Fulmer, Dallas Keuchel (injured), Corey Kluber, Lance McCullers, Chris Sale, Ervin Santana, Jason Vargas
|Craig Kimbrel, BOS||21||1.07||0.44||33.2||16.30||2.3|
|Andrew Miller, CLE||1||1.52||1.62||41.1||13.90||1.8|
|Chris Devenski, HOU||3||2.33||2.28||46.1||12.40||1.7|
|Roberto Osuna, TOR||19||2.32||1.49||31.0||12.50||1.5|
|Blake Parker, LAA||1||2.04||1.38||35.1||13.00||1.4|
|Brad Brach, BAL||14||2.62||3.61||34.1||8.70||0.6|
|Joe Kelly, BOS||0||1.10||3.50||32.2||6.60||0.5|
|Brandon Kintzler, MIN||21||2.62||3.63||34.1||6.00||0.5|
|Cody Allen, CLE||15||2.90||3.56||31.0||12.80||0.5|
Managers are increasingly relying on relievers to fill out All-Stars rosters since they don't have to worry about work schedules like they do with starting pitchers. Expect some familiar faces such as Kimbrel and Miiller, and it would be great to see Osuna on the team after his anxiety issues this year. Technically the Angels have a representative in the injured Mike Trout, but they may still try to give the Angels an actual participant, so I'll have Blake Parker on the team.
All-Stars: Cody Allen, Craig Kimbrel, Andrew Miller, Roberto Osuna, Blake Parker
Final Five: Brad Brach, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks, Brandon Kintzler, Marcus Stroman
What do you think? Who will end up in Miami?