Complete React to the NL All-Star Roster

david-wright2Yesterday I took a look at the American League All-Star Rosters, and shared who I thought were the biggest snubs and most generous selections among the bunch. Today I do the same with the National League Roster.


NL Starters
C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B Joey Votto, Reds
2B Brandon Phillips, Reds
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B David Wright, Mets
OF Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
OF Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
OF Bryce Harper, Nationals

NL Pitchers
LHP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
LHP Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks
RHP Matt Harvey, Mets
RHP Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
RHP Jason Grilli, Pirates
RHP Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
RHP Craig Kimbrel, Braves
LHP Aroldis Chapman, Reds
LHP Travis Wood, Cubs
RHP Jose Fernandez, Marlins
LHP Cliff Lee, Phillies
LHP Jeff Locke, Pirates
LHP Madison Bumgarner, Giants

NL Reserves
OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
OF Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
C Buster Posey, Giants
3B Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
OF Domonic Brown, Phillies
SS Everth Cabrera, Padres
2B Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
1B Allen Craig, Cardinals
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
OF Carlos Gomez, Brewers
SS Jean Segura, Brewers
2B Marco Scutaro, Giants


1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamodbacks

When it came to fan voting, it’s no surprise Goldschmidt came up just a bit short. After all, he was up against a former MVP and this year’s Face of the MLB in Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto. But Goldschmidt has had the better first half. His batting average is comparable to Votto’s (.310 to .318) and his power numbers crush Votto’s. Goldschmidt ranks third in the National League with 21 homers, has driven in a league best 74 RBIs and has a whopping 4.6 WAR rating, which is third among all players in the NL. If he didn’t suffer from the lack of exposure that comes with playing in Arizona, he almost surely would have won the fan vote.


OF Shin-Soo Choo, Reds

Nothing typifies the “what have you done for me lately” attitude in sports more than the omission of the Reds’ center fielder. He racked up most of his numbers in the first month and a half of the season, yet still ranks third in the major leagues with a .418 on-base percentage. He’s been a perfect table-setter and run creator for a Cincinnati team that has lacked a guy to fill that role since moving to Great American Ballpark. He has scored 59 runs (5th in the NL) and has bopped 12 home runs en route to notching 29 RBIs of his own.


RP, Mark Melancon, Pirates

Melancon and closer Jason Grilli have provided a remarkable one-two, back-of-the-rotation punch that has been one of the main reasons the Pirates are the best team in baseball heading into the All-Star Break. Grilli was has converted 28-of-29 saves and has struck out a ridiculous 61 batters in just 38.2 innings of work. But he’s been able to shine thanks in large part to Melancon’s 24 holds. Melancon has the lowest ERA (0.85) of all NL relievers who have logged at least 20 innings of work, and his 0.80 WHIP is second only to Edward Mujica of the Cardinals, who probably should have been an All-Star in his own right.


3B Pedro Alvarez, Pirates

Alvarez hits for power. He’s launched 23 long balls – many of them monstrously deep. But Alvarez does not do much else. He’s batting just .250 on the season. He is only getting on base at a .312 clip. He’s an impatient free swinger. He’s struck out 106 times and drawn just 44 walks. I don’t mind this selection, as it seems to be a celebration of surprising and refreshing success of the 2013 Pirates. But when you break things down, there are several other offensive players with far more statistical credentials than Alvarez.


RP Aroldis Chapman, Reds

The National League pitching staff primarily features starters, and in looking through the stats they are all undoubtedly deserving of their spot on the roster. That left me with the tough task of weeding out who among the three All-Star relievers was least deserving of their selection. Chapman’s 2.50 ERA ranks 30th among NL relievers with at least 20 innings pitched. He has the fewest saves (20) and the highest WHIP (1.11) among the other two, and has blown three saves in the first half of the season. Fans dig the long ball, and they dig the 100 mph fastball, which is probably the main reason Chapman was chosen for this year’s NL squad.


OF Yasiel Puig, Dodgers

The All-Star Game is supposed to be for the fans, which means those players who move the needle most should be featured. No one has captured our attention quite like Yasiel Puig in this his first month in the big leagues. And now the All-Star Game counts for home field advantage, which means those players who give their league the best chance at winning, should be selected. It’s hard to argue that Puig is not one of the best players in the National League right now. The Dodgers outfielder is batting a ridiculous .407 with eight home runs and 19 RBIs. Some might argue that he hasn’t had enough time to warrant this type of recognition, but the excitement that surrounds his every at-bat makes him must-see TV.


About Matthew George

Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

5 thoughts on “Complete React to the NL All-Star Roster

  1. Atlanta has one of the best records in baseball and (at the time of this article), has only one all star, a relief pitcher.

  2. Freeman got in, replaced by McCann (not sure that was just). Maybe Puig can get in the HR derby or something.

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