We have almost reached the halfway point in the MLB season. The official All-Star lineups will be announced on Sunday, but what really matters is our opinion here at Seatatthet.com. So without further adieu, this is who I believe should make the starting rosters.
American League Starters
Catcher: Jonathan Lucroy (Texas Rangers)
First Base: Eric Hosmer (Kansas City Royals)
Second Base: Dustin Pedroia (Boston Red Sox)
Shortstop: Carlos Correa (Houston Astros)
Third Base: Jose Ramirez (Cleveland Indians)
Left Field: Melky Cabrera (Chicago White Sox)
Center Field: George Springer (Houston Astros)
Right Field: Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)
Starting Pitcher: Chris Sale (Boston Red Sox)
The All-Star game is always more fun to watch when the ball is flying off the bat. Luckily, both the AL and NL are stacked offensively. 26 players in the MLB have at least a .300 batting average, so there will be no shortage of offensive proficiency in this years matchup.
For the AL, New York’s Aaron Judge is leading the charge. Through the halfway point, he has a .330 batting average and has knocked 27 balls over the fence. Judge’s dominant offensive performance in 2017 has him as a clear-cut favorite to make the AL lineup and contribute heavily in this years All-Star game.
Up to this point, Jose Ramirez has been the most dominant American League infielder. His .972 fielding percentage shows his stellar, near-perfect glove. He has knocked in 12 homers and leads all third basemen offensively with a .321 batting average.
The best pitcher to this point in the AL (and my favorite to start on the mound) is Chris Sale. He is 10-3 as a starter for Boston and has maintained a 2.77 ERA. The NL has an obvious advantage when it comes to pitchers. Sale will have a tough time against Bryce Harper and the star studded NL lineup, but his numbers have undoubtedly earned him the right to start in the 2017 All-Star game.
National League Starters:
Catcher: Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants)
First Base: Ryan Zimmerman (Washington Nationals)
Second Base: Daniel Murphy (Washington Nationals)
Shortstop: Zack Cozart (Cincinnati Reds)
Third Base: Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies)
Left Field: Marcell Ozuna (Miami Marlins)
Center Field: Charlie Blackmon (Colorado Rockies)
Right Field: Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals)
Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)
This NL lineup is stacked top to bottom. The hitting numbers and immaculate pitching has them as my strong favorite to win the 2017 All-Star game. My favorite player on this NL squad is Buster Posey. He is the best catcher in the entire MLB. His .344 batting average leads all of baseball and will solidify him a spot on the 2017 NL lineup.
Leading the NL infield is Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy. The Nationals have proved their dominance in many ways this season, and Murphy marks just one of three Nats players I have selected to start in this year’s All-Star game. Murphy’s .337 batting average and .974 fielding percentage proves he can do it all!
Fellow Nationals stud, Bryce Harper will lead this NL outfield unit. Harper is the face of baseball, and for good reason. He is batting .316 with 18 homeruns through the halfway point. Harper, along with Posey, will be the reason the NL wins this game.
Choosing between Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez is no simple task. It’s easy to say there is no shortage of great pitching in the National League. But, I believe Kershaw continues to separate himself from the pack. He falls just behind Scherzer’s 2.07 ERA, but his 11-2 record proves he knows how to win. Look for Kershaw to earn the starting spot on the mound for the NL.