The American League All-Star team will be announced on Tuesday night, and it’s likely that multiple Orioles will be on the team for the fifth straight year.
Manny Machado has led the third baseman vote throughout the process, and he should be starting for the first time. In 2013 and 2015, Machado was a reserve.
Mark Trumbo has been among the leaders in the outfield vote, and if he’s not a starter, he should be named as a reserve. Trumbo was a member of the AL team in 2012 when he played for Los Angeles.
Matt Wieters seems like a good bet to get picked as the backup to the Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez. It would be a nice reward for Wieters, who missed starting the 2014 game because of Tommy John surgery. He’s been chosen three times.
Chris Tillman is tied for second in the American League with 10 wins, and he should get his second All-Star nod. In 2013, Tillman was a late addition, and didn’t’ pitch in the game.
Since Tillman is scheduled to pitch Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, he could pitch a week from now if manager Buck Showalter wants him to. That would enable AL manager, Kansas City’s Ned Yost, to name Tillman and then add another player since Tillman would be ineligible to pitch.
Zach Britton was chosen last year, and his spotless work in the bullpen should get him a second straight invitation.
Brad Brach is deserving of an invitation. Darren O’Day was chosen by Yost last year, but it might be difficult for him to be named though he certainly could be picked if there are injuries.
Jonathan Schoop hasn’t been in the top five in voting, but he faces tough competition from Jose Altuve, Ian Kinsler and Dustin Pedroia at second base.
Some have suggested 2013 voting leader Chris Davis, but because of Eric Hosmer and Miguel Cabrera, Davis—even with 21 home runs—probably gets to take a four-day break instead.
Adam Jones has gone to the last four All-Star Games, three as a starter, and five overall, but he’s unlikely to be chosen this time.