The Midsummer Classic is almost upon us, so what better time than now to wax a little on who I think should be the starting 9 for the All-Star Game in Arizona (love the font, by the way, called Kruella). There's a lot of guys having great seasons, so my picks and the actual picks may not and probably will not line up. Who cares, I blog, they don't.
--Leading Vote Getter: NYY Russell Martin - .230, 9 HR, 30 RBI, big market in NY - streaky.
--Deserving Starter: DET Alex Avila - .304, 15 2B, 3 3B, 10 HR, 45 RBI, .917 OPS - stud year!
--LVG: BOS Adrian Gonzalez - .361, 16 HR, 71 RBI, MVP-type year. No argument.
--DS: see above
--LVG: NYY Robinson Cano - .290, 14 HR, 48 RBI, best pure hitter at the position.
--DS: LAA Howie Kendrick - .301, 8 HR, 26 RBI - forever known as just a guy but he's good - no power.
--LVG: NYY Alex Rodriguez - .300, 13 HR, 51 RBI - RED HOT but under the radar, for a change
--DS: BAL Mark Reynolds - .227, 14 HR, 38 RBI - every team needs someone right? HR or a K - dig it?
--LVG: NYY Derek Jeter - .260, 2 HR, 20 RBI - injured and always the pick at SS - time for a change.
--DS: CLE Asdrubal Cabrera - .295, 20 2B, 13 HR, 46 RBI - and his name is fun to say - SAY IT!
--LVG(s): TOR Jose Bautista - .328, 23 HR, 49 RBI - weird ratio but the best pure power hitter in baseball
NYY Curtis Granderson - .276, 21 HR, 55 RBI, 12 SB - could hit leadoff and make it 1-0 every game
TEX Josh Hamilton - .294, 7 HR, 35 RBI - everyone's favorite junkie, they love his ink
--DS(s): TB Matt Joyce - .313, 10 HR, 38 RBI - yeah, exactly, who? 3rd highest OPS for AL OFers
TOR Jose Bautista - see above
BOS Jacoby Ellsbury - .303, 9 HR, 39 RBI, 25 SB - when he gets on, Boston is even better
Time to take the dog out, change the kid, and hit the best. It's hotter than hell up here, so that AC is going to feel even that much better.