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Postby elvafeng » Tue May 16, 2017 2:11 pm

The All Star Game is a bit of a joke. One, it s a popularity contest , and the fans have a poor track record picking the most deserving players. Two, voting begins a month into the season Jordan Pacheco Jersey, when it s difficult to tell a flash in the pan from someone who s actually going to perform at an elite level all year.

All those caveats aside, let s look at who has the best shot to make the National League All Star team this year. We ll go in descending order of likelihood.

1. Zack Cozart. Cozart was the only Red to even show up in the voting for much of the lead up to last year s All Star Game, and many in the clubhouse were pulling for him to be the team s representative. It would be hard to deny him this year. He has the best OPS among NL shortstops, significantly ahead of Corey Seager. Those two are the only shortstops producing at an above average level at the plate. Seager, Brandon Crawford and Addison Russell will draw a lot of the fan vote, but if Cozart continues to be one of the best hitters in the league for the next month, he ll make it.

2. Joey Votto. Votto hasn t made the All Star team since 2013, thanks to slow starts the last two seasons and an injury in 2014. He hasn t started slow in 2017, hitting .291/.399/.582 with 10 home runs. He has some significant competition, though. Ryan Zimmerman and Freddie Freeman have started even hotter for the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves, respectively. Paul Goldschmidt looks like himself again for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Anthony Rizzo has struggled, but Chicago Cubs fans vote for their players. Still, Votto is a perennial MVP candidate, and that may help him in the voting.

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3. Eugenio Suarez. Suarez has cooled off a bit, but still is hitting .295/.376/.523. He s also playing terrific defense. The problem is, the NL has some of the top third basemen in the game right now. Suarez may be placing himself among them, but he lacks name recognition. Reigning MVP Kris Bryant leads all third basemen in OPS , followed by MVP candidate Justin Turner. Suarez is third, but will have to contend with Colorado s Nolan Arenado, who has been selected each of the last two years.

4. Raisel Iglesias. If any representative is taken from the Reds bullpen, it should be Iglesias. He won t rack up saves since that s not how the Reds are using him, but he has posted a bullpen best 0.89 ERA in 20 1/3 innings. That mark is the third best in the NL among relievers with at least 15 innings pitched. Pitchers are not selected by the fans, so this one will be up to the players and managers.

5 6. Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler. Every team is guaranteed a representative, and Duvall was the pick for the Reds last year among an underwhelming crop of NL outfielders. Jay Bruce was later selected as an injury replacement. The deck is much more stacked this year, and while Duvall and Schebler have been above average hitters, they ve got a lot of ground to make up. Bryce Harper is back lighting the world aflame, and he s followed on the leaderboards by recognizable hitters like Michael Conforto, Marcell Ozuna, Ryan Braun, Jayson Werth, Matt Kemp, Giancarlo Stanton
and Charlie Blackmon.
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