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National League All-Star Game Roster Projection: How it will all break down

National League All-Star Game Roster Projection: How it will all break down

In less than a month, the 2018 MLB All-Star game will take place at Nationals Park.

There are plenty of details that still need ironing out, but none are more important than the 64 players that will be taking the field at the Midsummer Classic.

Surely the Washington Nationals are hoping that many of their hometown stars will make the cut.

So, lets clear the air. How are the MLB All-Star rosters created? Well it is a combination of the fan vote, the player ballots, and the MLB Commissioners Office. No, it is not a 33-33-33 split, but rather a political (yet fair) process. Here is how it shakes out for there to be 32 players on each team:

  • Fan vote: eight position players in NL/ nine in AL (DH); plus final vote for each league
  • Player’s ballots: next 16 players in NL; 17 players in AL (five starting pitchers, three relievers must be chosen)
  • MLB Commissioner’s Office: seven NL players (four pitchers, three position players) and five AL players (four pitchers, one position player)

Keep in mind, the MLB Commissioner’s Office merely is just there to ensure that there is one representative from all 30 MLB teams. Additionally, the player’s ballots are generally in-line with statistics and name recognition.

So let’s see how this shakes out for the National League All-Star Game roster. This factors in the latest fan vote returns:

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), Justin Bour, Marlins (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), Bryce Harper, Nationals (Fan Vote), Matt Kemp (Fan Vote), Albert Almora Jr., Cubs (Player Ballot), Charlie Blackmon, Rockies (Player Ballot), Corey Dickerson, Pirates (Player Ballot), David Peralta, Diamondbacks (Commissioner’s Office), Christian Yelich (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), Jeremy Jeffress (Commissioner’s Office)

Manager: Dave Roberts, Dodgers

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. 

This puts three Nationals on the All-Star team with the Braves leading the charge with five selections.

Now of course nothing ever goes to plan, but heck its baseball, not everyone will be happy.

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Last-place Marlins use balked-in run to come back against the Nationals

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Last-place Marlins use balked-in run to come back against the Nationals

MIAMI -- Nationals reliever Wander Suero balked in a run while Washington blew a four-run lead, and the Miami Marlins rallied for an 8-5 victory Monday night.

Washington led 4-0 after 4 1/2 innings but trailed by the end of the sixth. Suero let in the go-ahead run, balking with pinch-hitter Rafael Ortega batting and Austin Dean at third base to put Miami ahead 5-4.

The Nationals (76-75) entered the day in third place in the NL East, trailing the division-leading Braves by 7 1/2 games and six games out of the final wild-card spot.

Washington tied it in the seventh when Trea Turner beat out a potential double play, but Miami loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning and Lewis Brinson hit a tiebreaking single off Koda Glover (1-3).

Starlin Castro had a homer and three RBIs for the last-place Marlins.

Anthony Rendon had three hits, including a two-run home run, and Victor Robles hit his first career homer for the Nationals, who have 11 games remaining.

Castro's solo homer in the eighth pushed the lead to 8-5.

Jarlin Garcia (3-2) recorded the final out of the seventh. Adam Conley pitched the ninth for his third save.

The Nationals led 4-0 behind an error by Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson, a solo shot by Robles and a two-run blast by Rendon.

Castro's two-run double in the fifth cut the deficit to 4-2 and ended Erick Fedde's outing. Fedde allowed two hits and two runs over 4 1/3 innings.

Miami got four consecutive hits off Jimmy Cordero in the sixth, including a two-run single by Magneuris Sierra, before Suero balked.

Marlins starter Trevor Richards allowed four runs in five innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Jose Urena (hand) exited Sunday's game at Philadelphia but is expected to be fine. Manager Don Mattingly said he was just experiencing cramping in his hand. ... RHP Dan Straily (oblique) is not expected to pitch the rest of the season.

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Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (8-7, 3.87 ERA) is the scheduled starter in Tuesday's game against Miami to end the two-game set.

Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (2-0, 1.42) will make his fourth start of the season and third against the Nationals.

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Victor Robles' first home run give Nationals fans something to be happy about in September

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Victor Robles' first home run give Nationals fans something to be happy about in September

There is not much to get excited about these days if you are a fan of the Washington Nationals.

The team is still a week's worth of games out of a postseason spot and the sinking feeling that arises when one thinks of Bryce Harper's future looms larger and larger with every passing day.

But what should get one excited is this home run hit by Victor Robles against the Miami Marlins on Monday evening.

Sending out the first dinger of his Major League career, Robles made sure there was no doubt. Recorded at 427 feet, it was quite the showing for the 21-year-old in only the 23rd game of his young career.

Early in September, in the midst of a stretch that officially pushed the team out of playoff contention, Robles was called up to the Nationals for the first time in 2018. Monday marked the fifth start for the outfielder since joining the top club.  

A highly touted prospect from the Nationals' farm system, Robles has struggled since the call-up. He's only batted .150 in this two week period and .205 in two seasons with the Nats. This home run shows why there is so much excitement from the Nationals when it comes to Robles.

Joining Rookie of the Year contender Juan Soto, the future of the Nationals appears bright. *If* Harper were to leave this summer, the Nats appear to be somewhat set in the outfield. 

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