Top Five MLB All Star Game Snubs (AL + NL)
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Tuesday July 9th, 2013
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Every year there are a number of deserving guys who initially get snubbed out of the All Star Game.
For whatever reason, they just did not get picked. In this piece, I will cover the top five guys from each league that should have made the roster.
5. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
Longoria has All Star potential every year that he stays healthy. This year he has managed to do so, hitting .289 with 17 HR and 49 RBI. Sadly for him this year, he plays in the same league as a guy by the name of Miguel Cabrera, who has 90 RBI before the All Star Game.
Manny Machado also has a ridiculous amount of doubles, a higher average, and more RBI than Longoria. As sad as it is that Longoria did not get picked, I can understand why.
4. Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
3. Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics
By hitting .319 with 15 HR and 57 RBI, one would think Donaldson would at least be a reserve for the All Star Game. Manny Machado just edges him out in the RBI department and is slightly lower in the average category.
Donaldson has nine more homers. Looking at this, it seems A’s fans could have a legitimate beef with Donaldson not being selected. If someone is to get injured I see Donaldson being the first to be selected by Jim Leyland.
2. Grant Balfour, Oakland Athletics
Balfour is a perfect 22/22 in saves this year. He has only one loss and a very good 1.82 ERA. He also has 35 K. Yes, I know there are some really good relievers in the AL, but Brett Cecil over Balfour? Come on.
They have pretty much the same ERA, and Cecil has pitched a few more innings. Bob Melvin says Bartolo Colon is scheduled to pitch before the All Star Game, rendering him ineligible, which would force a spot open, hopefully for Balfour.
1. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
He is in the same positional conundrum as Josh Donaldson and Evan Longoria, but frankly I believe that he is better than Manny Machado. I get that Machado is young and exciting and has a lot of doubles, but Beltre is just better this year.
He was just named AL Player of the week hitting .478 with four HR and is hitting .308 this season with 18 HR and 47 RBI. If Donaldson is not the first guy picked, Beltre will be.
5. Rex Brothers, Colorado Rockies
This season, the Rockies part-time closer is 2-0 with a .98 ERA and has 38 K in 36.2 innings.
In my opinion, the National League has a much stronger bullpen than the American League, so it is not a major surprise that Brothers did not get picked.
Because some pitchers will become ineligible to pitch, I think there is a good chance that Brothers could wind up on the team.
4. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers
In his first season in the United States, Ryu has done very well. He is 7-2 with a 2.82 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He only has 90 K. I really do not see why any reason why Ryu was not picked.
A funny thought that comes to mind is Bruce Bochy trying to ignite the rivalry. Dodgers fans have reason to be angry at Bochy for this snub, and they will get even more angry if he picks Matt Harvey to start the game over Clayton Kershaw.
3. Mike Leake, Cincinnati Reds
At the beginning of the season, some thought Leake could split time between the starting rotation and the bullpen, maybe even in the minor leagues. When Johnny Cueto went to the DL, Leake had to compete with prospect Tony Cingrani for a spot in the rotation.
Despite Cingrani’s stellar pitching, Leake retained his spot and has gone 7-4 with a 2.73 ERA. I think there’s a good chance that Leake could be on the team should a pitcher drop out.
2. Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds
Latos is another guy that might end up on the team after someone becomes ineligible. This year, he is 8-2 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP, to go along with 120 K.
There are some very good pitchers in the National League this year, so I would chalk Latos not getting picked to being unlucky.
1. Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh Pirates
After writing a piece on Melancon last week, I realized how good he actually is. This year, I think he has gotten overshadowed by Jason Grilli. Everyone talks about Grilli without even mentioning the guy that sets him up. Melancon is 2-1 with a .85 ERA this year.
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