Predicting the Participants for the All Star Game- AL

Posted: 05/28/2012 by levcohen in Baseball

Now for the AL.
Starters:

C: AJ Pierzynsky, White Sox. .312 average, .352 OBP, .539 SLG. 8 HR

AJ has been a pleasant surprise for the White Sox, and he has gone under the radar. While hitting near the top of the lineup he has produced with 32 RBI and should continue to rake. Last year, his OPS jumped 200 points from June to May.

1B: Paul Konerko, White Sox. .399 average, .476 OBP, .681 SLG. 11 HR

Konerko is another White Sox player who has gone wayyy under the radar throughout his career. He has had a tremendous season, with an OPS nearly even with Josh Hamilton’s. This is amazing because Hamilton gets soooo much more publicity. Konerko is just fantastic.

2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees. .297 average, .355 OBP, .503 SLG. 7 HR.

Cano leads a group of underwhelming AL second basemen. He hasn’t been at his best for most of this season, but recently he has really turned it on

3B: Adrian Beltre, Rangers. .318 average, .337 OBP, .553 SLG. 10 HR

Beltre has been his normal self, with a .300+ average, great power, and no walks. Look out, as in the past 3 years Beltre’s OPS has increased by 100+ points from May to June.

SS: Derek Jeter, Yankees. .338 average, .380 OBP, .465 SLG. 5 HR

This was a near tie between Jeter and Asdrubal Cabrera of Cleveland, but I’ll give it to Jeter because he has been breaking records this year, and is now the 14th career player in hits. This year, Jeter has 10 more hits than any other AL SS.

LF: Josh Hamilton, Rangers. .368 average, .422 OBP, .753 SLG. 2o HR.

Hamilton has been an absolute monster. He leads the league in these categories: HR, RBI, OPS, SLG. He is second in R, OBP, AVG and third in hits. That is just dominant.

CF: Adam Jones, Orioles. .308 average, .349 OBP, .595 SLG. 14 HR.

Adam Jones has led the Orioles to a surprising AL East division lead. He has 26 XBH and 8 stolen bases, a nice combination.

RF: Josh Reddick, Athletics. .276 average, .338 OBP, .568 SLG. 14 HR

Reddick leads a lackluster Athletics offense. The offense is so bad that Reddick has only 27 RBI to go along with his 14 HR. Along with the HR, he also has 5 SB. This could lead to a 20-10 HR-SB by the all star break, which should get him a start. It probably won’t, though, because Jose Bautista is a much bigger name.

DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox. .309 average, .385 OBP, .564 SLG. 10 HR.

Ortiz is the obvious choice here, as he is on pace for a 90/30/90 .300 season, which will always have him near the top.

SP: Justin Verlander, Tigers. 5-2, 75 IP, 75 K, 2.15 ERA, .81 WHIP

Verlander has had another dominating start to the season, with a near no hitter. his ERA is tops (or bottoms) in the AL, and so is his WHIP. He is also tied for first in strikeouts.

Bench:

C: Joe Mauer, Twins
1B: Prince Fielder, Tigers. Chris Davis, Orioles.
2B: Ian Kinsler, Rangers. Jason Kipnis, Indians.
3B: Mark Trumbo, Angels. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians.  Alcides Escobar, Royals
OF: Curtis Granderson, Yankees. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays. Matt Joyce, Rays. Mike Trout, Angels
DH: Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays. Adam Dunn, White Sox
SP: David Price, Rays. Jered Weaver, Angels. Felix Hernandez, Mariners. Chris Sale, White Sox. Jake Peavy, White Sox.  CJ Wilson, Angels.
RP: Jim Johnson, Orioles. Fernando Rodney, Rays. Chris Perez, Indians

Roster Breakdown:
Chicago- 5
New York-3
Texas- 3
Baltimore- 3
Boston- 1
Detroit- 3
Oakland- 1
Minnesota- 1
Cleveland-3
Los Angeles- 4
Toronto-2
Tampa Bay- 3
Seattle-1
Kansas City- 1

 

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Comments
  1. philabundant says:

    The world of the Sox seems to be upside down. Only one Boston representative? Five ChiSox, and for a team that doesn’t even lead its division…

    • 5toolstar says:

      There are a few reasons for this. One is that there are a couple of Red Sox who have been injured for much-most of the season. Those guys include stars such as:
      Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Kevin Youkillis, and their closer (Andrew Bailey)
      The Red Sox also had a few guys that just missed:
      Dustin Pedroia was the next 2B on the list
      Jon Lester was the next SP on the list
      The Redsox are last in the AL East, while the White Sox are only .5 games out of first.
      The White Sox have a +31 run differential, fourth in the MLB. The teams above them in run differential include the two teams with the best records in their leagues (Dodgers, Rangers)

      The White Sox have gotten great production from a plethora of unexpected guys. Pierzysnki was expected to be solid, and declining at his age. Definitely not supposed to be spectacular. Adam Dunn was coming off the worst season in MLB HISTORY, with an average just above .150 and a huge amount of strikeouts. Chris Sale started his first career game THIS SEASON (before now he was in the bullpen). Lastly, Peavy hadn’t pitched a full season or even close to one since the year after his 2007 CY Young award win. Plus, Peavy is almost blind (he has great contact lenses). Konerko is the only guy who was supposed to be excellent, and even he is under the radar. All five of these guys deserve more recognition.

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