With the season just beginning so many players are hoping to be named to this July’s All-star Game in St. Louis. This shows the All-stars based on who has the best stats, not who has the most All-star votes.
This is my list of predicted All-star starters for this summer’s big game. Leave some comments stating your starters or contradictions to my list or if you completely agree.
Joe Mauer is clearly the best catcher in the American League. He may not put up big home-run numbers, but he can stroke. He hits for good average and as long as he stays healthy he will make this summers All-star game.
Mark Teixeira is going to have to lead the Yankees while Alex Rodriguez is injured in the beginning of the season. He is going to put up great offensive numbers before the All-star game and he is also a solid fielder.
Ian Kinsler had a breakout season last year. This season will be no different. He will lead second baseman in offensive numbers. He will make the All-star game slightly edging out Dustin Pedroia.
There will be no sophomore slump for Evan Longoria. In an American League that lacks good third baseman, Longoria leads the way.
Jhonny Peralta led Shortstops in RBI last season and will start up where he left off. Peralta may not be the best shortstop at batting for average, but he has power and can drive in runs.
Jason Bay has always been a great offensive outfielder, and now he is on the Red Sox at the break he will get more recognition. Bay will be one of the leading American League offensive outfielders this season.
Grady Sizemore led American League center fielders in home runs last year and will continue to stroke this year. Sizemore is a solids outfielder and will be great in the leadoff spot for the Indians this year.
Matt Holliday will get to show off in the American League this year. He will hit well and have to lead the A’s. Everyone knows that Holliday will hit his share of home runs and lead his team in RBI no matter where he goes.
Many people are worried about the number of innings CC Sabathia threw last season, but this will not affect the first half of the season. CC will start the season off strong, but the end of his season might be shaky because of last year’s innings.
Mariano Rivera may be the greatest closer in MLB history. He has the best cutter in the MLB and will still be able to close games. He is going to lead the league in save percentage up to this point and deserves the starting closer spot.