Javier Baez, Kyle Shwarber to Represent Cubs in Home Run Derby

Two of the eight competitors in the 2018 Home Run Derby in Washington D.C. will be representing the Chicago Cubs this Monday.

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Jean Segura, Jesus Aguilar Win Final Vote

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.

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Who I am Voting for in the MLB Final Vote

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:

AL

  • Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox
  • Eddie Rosario, Minnesota Twins
  • Jean Segura, Seattle Mariners
  • Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels
  • Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees

NL

  • 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!

Reviewing the MLB All-Star Rosters

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.

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Pitchers I Would Vote for the MLB All-Star Game

As the last days of the MLB All-Star Game voting draws to a close for position players, I wanted to look at 5 pitchers in each league (three starters, two relievers/closers) who I would vote to go to the Midsummer classic later this month. Continue reading

MLB 7/1/2018 Rundown

Yankees Destroy Red Sox, Win Series

The Yankees took the crucial rubber match against the Red Sox, scoring nine of their eleven runs off of homers.  Catcher Kyle Higashioka launched his first career homer to go along with five other Yankees long balls.  Aaron Hicks led the offense with three homers and four RBIs. Luis Severino pitched a gem, giving no runs and only two hits across 6 2/3 innings.  Red Sox southpaw David Price, however, did not do so well, giving up eight runs (all earned) in 3 1/3 innings, as well as five of New York’s six home runs. Continue reading

Who I am Voting for the MLB All-Star Game (and why)

It is getting closer and closer to baseball’s midsummer’s classic, the MLB All-Star Game.  Continue reading