Like it or not, the MLB All-Star Game rosters were released over the weekend. As always, the fans have final say on who the last man on each league’s roster will be. Here’s a breakdown of the AL and NL battles for the final vote, which fans can participate in by visiting allstargame.com.
This isn’t the most exciting race in memory. Fans can choose one of five middle relievers, and each would be a reasonable choice. Yankee fans surely will flock to David Robertson (2.29 ERA, 45 SO in 351<HS-1>/<HS-1>3 innings) and avoid the Red Sox’s Koji Uehara (1.93 ERA, 53 SO in 371<HS-1>/<HS-1>3 innings). There’s also the Tigers’ Joaquim Benoit (1.78 ERA, 44 SO in 351<HS-1>/<HS-1>3 innings), the Blue Jays’ Steve Delabar (1.58 ERA, 57 SO in 40 innings) and the Rangers’ Tanner Scheppers (1.88 ERA, 29 SO in 43 innings). It’s anyone’s guess who comes out on top.
Scott’s vote: Uehara
Rookie sensation Yasiel Puig has taken the league by storm since the Dodgers called him up a month ago, hitting .407 with eight homers and four steals. Great as Puig has been, Ian Desmond (.284 BA, 15 HRs, 10 SBs) of the Nationals is the most deserving in the field, more so than the Braves’ Freddie Freeman (.307 BA, 9 HRs, 56 RBIs), the Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez (.296 BA, 13 HRs, 53 RBIs) and the Giants’ Hunter Pence (.269 BA, 13 HRs, 13 SBs). There’s no way Puig doesn’t win the fan vote, but Desmond could replace injured starter Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies.
Scott’s vote: Desmond