Five Cardinals Named To The National League All-Star Team
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Sunday, July 14th, 2013
By Landen Crouch (Cardinals Correspondent) Follow @LandenCrouch
One week ago, Major League Baseball released the rosters for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game, which will be held in New York City. On the roster for the National League are five members of the St. Louis Cardinals, the most representatives by any single team for the 2013 mid-summer classic.
Catcher, Yadier Molina; First Baseman, Allen Craig; Second Baseman, Matt Carpenter; Outfielder, Carlos Beltran; and Pitcher, Adam Wainwright were among those selected to represent St. Louis Cardinals.
So far, 2013 has been a phenomenal year for the Cardinals, heading into the All-Star Break with the best records in all of baseball. So, obviously, some things have gone right for this team.
These five players have been crucial to the success of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013 and are well deserving of their spots in the game.
National League All-Star Team Announced:
Yadier Molina – 5th All-Star Selection
Yadier Molina is a true superstar in Major League Baseball and well deserving of a spot on the National League All-Star Team.
His incredible baseball abilities has caught the attention of all fans of Major League Baseball and made Molina the top vote-getter for the National League team this year. Molina will be the National League’s starting Catcher.
He leads the National League with a .341 Batting Average. His power has regressed a tad in 2013 down to 7 Home Runs (even though he was never a true power hitter), and he has also driven in 49.
Allen Craig – 1st All-Star Selection
Allen Craig (or as I like to call him, Mr. RBI) is in the middle of a great season. The guy just flat out hits. His .333 Batting Average leads all Major League First Basemen. His power numbers have been a little low (10 HRs), but it has not affected his production at all. The guy is flat out driving in runs. He is fourth in all of baseball in Runs Batted In with 74.
Allen Craig is another deserving All-Star selection
Matt Carpenter – 1st All-Star Selection
Matt Carpenter has been an incredible story for the Cardinals in 2013. Known as a utility player and pinch-hitter in 2012, Carpenter has really improved his game this season. Not only has he become an every day player, but he has emerged as a star in the making, providing lots of production from the leadoff spot.
With the bat, Carpenter has been nothing short of phenomenal. His .321 Batting Average is good enough to lead ALL Second Baseman. On top of that, his 9 Home Runs and 45 Runs Batting In are some very nice numbers for a leadoff hitter.
Carlos Beltran – 8th All-Star Selection
For a guy that is 36 years old, Carlos Beltran is putting up HUGE numbers. I do not think that when the Cardinals singed Beltran that they expected him to produce like he has.
Beltran has always been a big numbers guy, but his career seemed to be winding down a bit when the Cardinals signed him prior to the 2012 season. His first year with the Cardinals was a big one, but 2013 might just be even better.
Beltran’s 19 Home Runs and 53 RBI have come mostly from hitting in the 2-hole for the St. Louis Cardinals. Also, Beltran is batting .309 on the season, good enough for top 20 in all of baseball.
He is a very talented player that right now is showing no signs of slowing down.
Carlos Beltran will start in Right Field for the National League All-Stars on Tuesday.
Adam Wainwright has been a prominent member of the Cardinals pitching staff for many years. He is a true winner for the Cardinals. This season has been a good one for him as well.
After struggling a little in 2012 as he returned from injury (Wainwright missed all of the 2011 season recovering from Tommy John Surgery), he has recovered nicely in 2013, leading the Cardinals in many pitching categories.
Wainwright is Fifth in all of baseball in ERA with an average of 2.45. Also, Wainwright’s 12 Wins are good enough for 2nd most in all of baseball.
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