For the most part, the race to be selected in the 2018 MLB All-Star Game is relatively subdued in the National League.
This week’s projection of the NL All-Star game roster had only four player changes on the roster. Frankly, it is not because any of the qualified players are going on a strong hitting streak, it is more procedural bumps than anything else. Additionally the Fan Vote was almost identical to the week prior.
There were no changes for the position players via the Fan Vote. The only alteration was Matt Kemp jumping Bryce Harper in the outfield voting.
Neither should be worried about missing the cut in just over a week. All of the voting races are pretty much landslides except for second baseman (222,226 votes) between Ozzie Albies and Javier Báez and for catcher (92,021) between Buster Posey and Wilson Contreras.
But as we all know, that only accounts for less than a third of all players in the All-Star Game. Here is how the players are chosen for the Midsummer Classic in the NL:
- Fan vote: eight position players
- Player ballot: next 16 players (one substitute for each position, five starting pitchers, three relievers)
- MLB Commissioner’s Office: seven players (four pitchers, three position players)
Keep in mind, the MLB Commissioner’s Office is merely there to ensure that there is one representative from all 30 MLB teams.
Based on that, here is the latest National League All-Star Game projection for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park:
National League All-Star Roster Projection:
C – Buster Posey, Giants (Fan Vote), Wilson Contreras, Cubs (Player Ballot)
1B – Freddie Freeman, Braves (Fan Vote), Jose Martinez, Cardinals (Player Ballot), Joey Votto, Reds (Commissioner’s Office)
2B – Ozzie Albies, Braves (Fan Vote), Scooter Gennett, Reds (Player Ballot)
3B – Nolan Arenado, Rockies (Fan Vote), Kris Bryant, Cubs (Player Ballot)
SS – Brandon Crawford, Giants (Fan Vote), Chris Taylor, Dodgers (Player Ballot)
OF – Nick Markakis, Braves (Fan Vote), Matt Kemp, Dodgers (Fan Vote), Bryce Harper, Nationals (Fan Vote), Albert Almora Jr., Cubs (Player Ballot), Charlie Blackmon, Rockies (Player Ballot), Odúbel Herrera, Phillies (Player Ballot), David Peralta, Diamondbacks (Commissioner’s Office), Corey Dickerson, Pirates (Commissioner’s Office)
SP – Max Scherzer, Nationals (Player Ballot), Sean Newcomb, Braves (Player Ballot), Jon Lester, Cubs (Player Ballot), Aaron Nola, Phillies (Player Ballot), Jacob deGrom, Mets (Player Ballot), Mike Foltynewicz, Braves (Commissioner’s Office)
RP – Brad Hand, Padres (Player Ballot), Sean Doolittle, Nationals (Player Ballot), Josh Hader Brewers (Player Ballot), Wade Davis, Rockies (Commissioner’s Office), Kenley Jansen (Commissioner’s Office), Kyle Barraclough, Marlins (Commissioner’s Office)
Manager: Dave Roberts, Dodgers
1. In comparison to last week’s projection, Jeremy Jeffress (Brewers) was replaced by the low-win Miami Marlins closer Kyle Barraclough. Due to each team having to have a representative, Barraclough is by far the most talented player in the Marlins’ organization and bumps Jeffress off the line.
Although Barraclough has the best batting average against (.082) for all relievers, he only has 35 strikeouts and seven saves to go for it. He likely will not get the nod from the Players Ballot.
2. With Barraclough taken off the list, Justin Bour no longer has to fill the Marlins’ spot on the roster. He is replaced by a guy at the same position, which quite frankly might not need the Commissioner’s Office to get into the game, Joey Votto (.307).
3. Odúbel Herrera of the Phillies, who is still on the borderline for the roster, jumps ahead of Corey Dickerson in the outfield for the Player Ballot. Herrera added three homeruns and 6 RBI with a .400 batting average this past week. Dickerson fell down with only two hits this past week, both singles.
4. Dickerson falling out of the Player Ballot forces the Commissioner’s Office to get a Pirate on the roster and he replaces Christian Yelich.
After this, there will be one more player chosen by another fan vote. The MLB Commissioner’s Office, along with the manager, choses five players to be selected in the penultimate vote.
Three Nationals remain on the All-Star team and that is not likely to change unless the MLB allows Juan Soto to play in his short month and a half stint with the team. Continuing to lead are the Atlanta Braves with five selections, the Chicago Cubs are second with four.
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