There are quite the decisions to be had in the American League All-Star team selection.
Throughout the 2018 season, the AL has been the far superior team. In terms of records, statistics, players, etc., the AL has the upper hand.
That is going to be true in the AL All-Star roster, as has been the case for several seasons now.
In the National League, there are a limited numbers of races for spots. Their latest roster projection had only four changes.
The American League has six, with numerous All-Star caliber players missing the cut.
Just like in the opposing league, there were no changes based on the fan vote returns. Still, some races should be noted. Wilson Ramos and Gary Sánchez are duking it out for the starting catcher position down the stretch. With Sánchez on the disabled list that ultimately probably give Ramos the nod. Also we will have to see if Manny Machado will hold on over Carlos Correa for shortstops. That return alone could shake up several positions in the AL.
As a reminder, here is how the process shakes out for the MLB All-Star roster selection on the American League side:
- Fan vote: nine position players (DH)
- Player’s ballots: next 17 players (nine position players, five starting pitchers, three relievers)
- MLB Commissioner’s Office: five players (four pitchers, one position player)
The MLB Commissioner’s Office is not looking for fair distribution; they want to ensure every team has a representative for the 2018 All-Star game.
Here is the latest American League All-Star Game roster projection:
American League All-Star Roster Projection:
C – Wilson Ramos, Rays (Fan Vote), Gary Sánchez, Yankees (Player Ballot)
1B – José Abreu, White Sox (Fan Vote), Yonder Alonso, Indians (Player Ballot)
2B – Jose Altuve, Astros (Fan Vote), Jed Lowrie, Athletics (Player Ballot)
3B – José Ramírez, Indians (Fan Vote), Alex Bregman, Astros (Player Ballot), Mike Moustakas, Royals (Commissioner’s Office)
SS – Manny Machado, Orioles (Fan Vote), Jean Segura, Mariners (Player Ballot),
OF – Mookie Betts, Red Sox (Fan Vote), Mike Trout, Angels (Fan Vote), Aaron Judge, Yankees (Fan Vote), Michael Brantley, Indians (Player Ballot), Eddie Rosario, Twins (Player Ballot), Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox (Player Ballot),
DH – J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (Fan Vote), Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees (Player Ballot)
SP – Justin Verlander, Astros (Player Ballot), Luis Severino, Yankees (Player Ballot), Corey Kluber, Indians (Player Ballot), Gerrit Cole, Astros (Player Ballot), Chris Sale, Red Sox (Player Ballot), Blake Snell, Rays (Commissioner’s Office), J.A. Happ, Blue Jays (Commissioner’s Office)
RP – Edwin Díaz, Mariners (Player Ballot), Aroldis Chapman, Yankees (Player Ballot), Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox (Player Ballot), Joe Jiménez, Tigers (Commissioner’s Office), Keone Kela, Rangers (Commissioner’s Office)
Ineligible All-Star: Kelvin Herrera, RP (traded from Royals to Nationals)
Manager: Jeff Luhnow, Astros
1. Andrew Benintendi from the Red Sox overtakes Giancarlo Stanton’s spot in the outfield. In all likelihood the American League will probably think of him as a designated hitter over an outfielder.
2. Stanton replaces Shohei Ohtani, as the back-up designated hitter. The MLB cannot have an All-Star Game without the best homerun hitter in baseball in the lineup. Besides Ohtani has not seen action since the beginning of June and is likely out until the break.
3. Yonder Alonso is the backup first baseman over Joey Gallo. Despite leading the position in longballs (18), 111 strikeouts and a .191 batting average knocks Gallo out of the Player Ballot.
4. In what is a close battle for the bench third baseman, Alex Bregman, briefly takes the spot over Yangervis Solarte. This past week Bregman has 1.149 OPS with eight hits and three homeruns. This is a position battle that will continue to flip until the final selection; Miguel Andújar also is in the running for this race.
5. With Solarte being knocked from his position, a Blue Jay must make the roster. That brings in J.A. Happ, from the Commissioner’s Office to replace closer Chris Devenski of the Astros.
6. Same as above, Gallo falling means Texas needs an All-Star. With not much to choose from Keone Kela is in and he takes Delin Betances spot. Yes, we know life is not fair.
If you have not noticed, there are quite a few big names off of this list. Francisor Lindor, Chris Devenski, Delin Betances, and Nelson Cruz, who are having fantastic years’ are not on this roster. Luckily for Lindor and Cruz, they might get in the backdoor with the final Fan Vote.
Based on this projection, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will be tied for the most representatives with five. The Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians have four each.
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