All-Star Update--Five deep at second
Posted 22 June 2014 - 10:01 AM
I think the Twins best player should be in the All-Star game and will be disappointed if he is denied. However, the competition at his position just about guarantees that a qualified player is not going to make the team.
First of all, Robbie Cano (a legitimate All-Star) will be elected. He has led from beginning to end in the counting and he is having a fine year, although his Yankee Stadium-fueled power has been neutralized by playing in a far less favorable home park. Secondly, someone will be chosen by the players. It is my understanding that the player's choice is the top choice by the players who didn't win the fan vote. I have no idea who will win that vote, but the remaining four candidates to be All-Stars all figure to have a chance. Given the depth at second, the AL manager will almost certainly take a third second baseman, so in my mind there are four candidates for two positions and I think all of them are deserving.
Ian Kinsler is hitting .289, has a .778 OPS, he has eight homers and seven steals. His WAR is 2.9 and his Tigers have reclaimed first place in the AL Central. Jose Altuve leads the AL with a .336 average. His OPS is up to .821 and he leads the AL with 26 stolen bases. Altuve has a WAR of 2.5. Dustin Pedroia of the defending World Champion Red Sox is hitting .266 with and .722 OPS. He is a gold glove winner and sports a WAR of 2.5. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Pedroia won the players' voting and was selected for the All-Star team. Finally, Dozier lags behind all other candidates in batting average, but he has more than double anyone else's homers--15, leads the league in runs scored, and is on the leader board in walks drawn. Dozier's OPS is third among second baseman at .804 and his 3.0 WAR is tops.
If I'm picking All-Stars, I take Cano, Altuve, and Dozier. The players may pick either Kinsler or Pedroia and the manager may well take his own player (Pedroia). If Pedroia or Kinsler make the team, I don't think Dozier does. While I think Dozier will have a good career with the Twins, it wouldn't surprise me if this is really his only chance to perform as an All-Star.
Posted 22 June 2014 - 02:56 PM
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