The MLB All-Star Game from a Fantasy Baseball fan’s perspective
The Major League All Star Game is scheduled for Tuesday July 14th as the teams will conclude play on Sunday for a break in regular season play until Friday. There is only one roster spot available on both the American League and National League squads. The fans have the say in this one as they can vote on MLB.com up until the deadline of Friday July 10th at 4PM Eastern Time for one candidate from each league.
American League All Star Game Player Candidates
Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox): The shortstop has got his average to .304 with three homers and 40 RBIs. His average at hitter friendly Fenway Park is .336. Bogaerts has been on fire for the month of July with a .462 batting average.
Yoenis Cespedes (Tigers): The Detroit left fielder has a .290 batting average with 12 homers and 46 RBIs. He has hit well on the road on the 2015 campaign with a batting average of .303 with eight homers. Cespedes has a five game hitting streak entering Thursday’s game at Seattle.
Brian Dozier (Twins): Dozier on paper is a longshot to make the All Star Game roster for the American League. This is a popularity contest so sometimes stats are not factors in the fans vote. He is hitting .260 but has produced some good power numbers with 18 homers and 45 RBIs. The Twins second basemen is in a hitting slump batting just .143 for the month of July.
Brett Gardner (Yankees): Gardner leads the Yankees everyday hitters with a batting average of .296 with nine homers and 39 RBIs. He has produced extra base hits on the campaign with a slugging percentage of .478.
Mike Moustakas (Royals): The fans may have to stomach another Kansas City Royals member on the All Star team. Four Royals were selected as starters for the 2015 game. On the year Moustakas is batting .301 with seven homers and 31 RBIs. Recent form is poor as the KC third baseball is just 2 for 17 in the month of July. Despite this slump Moustakas had an early lead in this voting process.
All Star American League Player Pick Recommendation: Yoenis Cespedes
National League All Star Game Player Candidates
Johnny Cueto (Reds): The Free Agent to be is being shopped by the Cincinnati Reds for a prospect as they look for something in return for their staff ace. Cueto is 6-5 on the year with an ERA of 2.61 and WHIP of 0.87. He is coming off a gem on Tuesday by shutting out the Washington Nationals on their home turf and pitching a complete nine inning game in the process. Cueto struck out 11 batters and allowed just two hits to make a strong case for an All Star vote by the fans.
Jeurys Familia (Mets): The Mets are not a popular team in New York right now so Familia will have trouble getting votes. The Mets offense does not excite the fan base enough to draw votes for their relief pitcher. Pitching doesn’t sell tickets and the fans are not showing up to CITI Field to support the team. Familia has 24 saves this season and is 2-0 with an ERA of 1.12 and WHIP of 0.89. He has blown two saves on the season.
Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers): It has been a challenging season for Clayton Kershaw in 2015. He went through an offseason where he took plenty of the blame for the Dodgers demise in the post season once again. On the year Kershaw is 5-6 in seventeen starts with an ERA of 3.08 and WHIP of 1.04. He deserves a better record on account of the lack of run support Kershaw has been given. His last two outings resulted in Dodgers losses despite allowing just one earned run in seven innings pitched against the Mets and Marlins.
Carlos Martinez (Cardinals): The St Louis starter in 2015 is 9-3 with an ERA of 2.70 and WHIP of 1.25. Martinez has held seven of his past ten opponents to one earned run or less.
Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies): The Rockies veteran shortstop has a .320 batting average with nine homers and 45 RBIs hitting in the thin air of Colorado. Tulowitzki is batting a respectable .299 on the road with four homes and 15 RBIs.
All Star National League Player Pick Recommendation: Johnny Cueto