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.
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
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.
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.
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 →