The White Sox soundly defeated the Kansas City Royals on Sunday to take the rubber match. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals and Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox will be the starting pitchers for the National League and the American League, respectively.
Down in St. Louis, the self-proclaimed “Best Fans in Baseball” and Cardinals’ ownership expects one thing: for the baseball team to win.
After Mike Matheny took the reigns as Cardinals’ manager following the Cardinals’ 2011 World Series championship, the Cardinals haven’t been able to quite reach that point again, and they are only getting worse.
Jean Segura of the Seattle Mariners and Jesus Aguilar of the Milwaukee Brewers won the MLB Final Voting for the All-Star Game this July in the nation’s capital.
In a piece I published yesterday, I said that I would vote for Jesus Aguilar for the National League spot.
Currently, there is one more spot available for the American League and the National League all-star teams. Barring multiple injuries, this will be the last chance for the following ten players to be elected into the MLB All-Star Game:
- Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox
- Eddie Rosario, Minnesota Twins
- Jean Segura, Seattle Mariners
- Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels
- Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees
- Jesus Aguilar, Milwaukee Brewers
- Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants
- Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
- Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
My picks are
- Segura (AL)
- Aguilar (NL)
Aguilar has the best batting average, most RBIs, and most homers out of the National League final vote candidates. He is a no-brainer in this situation.
Segura lost out on a competitive AL shortstop race that featured Machado winning the starting position and Lindor powering his way to the reserve spot. Segura had a better batting average than both, however, he lacked the power numbers; both Machado and Lindor have over 20 homers, while Segura has seven entering Monday. With the exception of Simmons, I can see the other four final candidates grab the final spot; Stanton has the most homers and plays for a huge market in New York, Benintendi has the most RBIs and another big fanbase in Boston, Rosario has a great balance of power and contact, while Segura has one of the best batting averages in baseball. Simmons is a good player, no doubt, but he just has not put up the numbers or shown to have as much of an impact on a team as the other four finalists have.
Segura gets my vote because I am a big sucker for batting average, and he is a huge reason why the Mariners own the fourth best record in baseball.
Voting ends on July 11th, so be sure to vote!
It’s that time of the MLB season where fans in both the American League and the National League will get to participate in the final voting to elect one last position player in the all-star game for each league.