Projecting Full-Season Stats for Every 2013 MLB All-Star

Ben StepanskyCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2013

Projecting Full-Season Stats for Every 2013 MLB All-Star

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    All-Star week is in full swing with the Futures Game, Legends and Celebrity softball game and Home Run Derby all officially in the books. The main act is all that remains before the second half of the season kicks off.

    Here you'll find all 78 All-Stars, both those originally voted in and their replacements, including a record 38 first-timers and a number of seasoned veterans.

    We'll compare their first-half statistics against a projected full-season stat line.

    Can Chris Davis surpass Roger Maris and the 61 home runs he hit in 1961, a record that stood for 37 years. Will he approach Barry Bonds' 73 home run total set in 2001?

    Can Manny Machado continue to collect two-baggers (39) and break Earl Webb's 1931 record of 67 doubles in a season?

    Who will stand as the MLB wins leader at the end of the season? Emerging ace Max Scherzer? The resurgent Bartolo Colon? NL wins leader Adam Wainwright? Or perhaps Patrick Corbin will surprise us all.

    A year after recording a 6.20 ERA in Boston, can Mark Melancon keep his ERA under a miniscule 1.00 by season's end?

    All these questions have answers but must wait for the season to unfold. In the meantime, let's make some predictions, shall we?

     

    All-Star starters are in bold

    * Denotes a player who was replaced on the All-Star roster

    # Denotes player who was selected as an All-Star replacement

    First-half stats provided by Baseball-Reference

AL Catchers

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    Joe Mauer

    First-half stats: .320/.402/.473, 38 XBH (8 HR), 32 RBI, 0 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .311/.399/.480, 81 XBH (14 HR), 70 RBI, 1 SB

     

    Jason Castro

    First-half stats: .269/.331/.475, 37 XBH (12 HR), 31 RBI, 2 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .257/.322/.470, 67 XBH (20 HR), 73 RBI, 4 SB

     

    Salvador Perez

    First-half stats: .284/.314/.396, 22 XBH (4 HR), 38 RBI, 0 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .280/.307/.386, 48 XBH (9 HR),  80 RBI, 0 SB

     

    Overview:

    Mauer gets the start in his sixth All-Star appearance and has a chance to break his personal best in total doubles in one season. He hit 43 in 2010 and has 30 at the break.

    Castro's power numbers are up for the third consecutive year, but his average should hover around the .260 mark. Not including a scorching May in which he hit .369 (24-for-65), Perez has been a .259 hitter this season. Don't expect a consistent .300 hitter out of the Venezuelan.

AL First Basemen

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    Chris Davis

    First-half stats: .315/.392/.717, 64 XBH (37 HR), 93 RBI, 0 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .295/.380/.710, 117 XBH (65 HR), 161 RBI, 0 SB

     

    Edwin Encarnacion

    First-half stats: .264/.353/.532, 42 XBH (25 HR), 72 RBI, 4 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .256/.350/.522, 77 XBH (45 HR), 122 RBI, 7 SB

     

    Prince Fielder

    First-half stats: .267/.363/.457, 37 XBH (16 HR),  69 RBI, 1 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .277/.368/.455, 61 XBH (29 HR), 108 RBI, 1 SB

     

    Overview:

    Chris Davis has been one of the biggest stories in baseball this season. He leads the MLB with a .717 slugging percentage, and his 1.109 OPS is second only to Miguel Cabrera. The real question is will his power surge ever quit, and will his batting average level out closer to his career .268 average? Through 96 games, Crush has shown no signs of stopping. 

    Encarnacion is repeating his explosive power numbers from 2012, though his average has dropped a bit. This may be a result of a restructured swing to produce more power. Fielder watched his average climb in the second half last season, and I expect the same thing to occur in 2013. The three-slash line is down from last year but power numbers remain consistent.

AL Second Basemen

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    Robinson Cano

    First-half stats: .302/.386/.531, 39 XBH (21 HR), 65 RBI, 6 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .307/.390/.525, 68 XBH (35 HR), 100 RBI, 10 SB

     

    Jason Kipnis

    First-half stats: .301/.383/.514, 39 XBH (13 HR), 57 RBI, 21 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .305/.384/.492, 68 XBH (19 HR), 93 RBI, 36 SB

     

    Dustin Pedroia

    First-half stats: .316/.396/.436, 32 XBH (6 HR), 56 RBI, 13 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .320/.399/.441, 60 XBH (13 HR), 99 RBI, 20 SB

     

    Ben Zobrist

    First-half stats: .260/.347/.383, 29 XBH (6 HR), 48 RBI, 6 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .262/.343/.392, 59 XBH (16 HR), 95 RBI, 9 SB

     

    Overview:

    Cano gets his fifth All-Star nod, while Pedroia grabs his fourth, Zobrist his second and Kipnis his first. Cano leads the Yankees in hits, batting average, home runs and RBI and all without much protection in the lineup. If the Yankees hope to remain in the playoff hunt, an additional power bat added at the trade deadline will bode well for Cano's numbers.

    Kipnis is in line to far surpass his numbers from 2012, and after a slow start to the season, a .419/.517/.699 slash line in June including four home runs and 25 RBI proved he was one of the top second basemen in the league.

    Pedroia, a.k.a. "Laser Show", has been undoubtedly durable for the Red Sox, appearing in all but one of the team's 97 games. His .316 average lies a foot above his .304 career mark and has the potential to rise in one of the most potent offenses in the majors.

    Zobrist is a bit of a question mark as an All-Star. His mediocre three-slash line and low power numbers aren't reflective of an All-Star player, though I do expect a better second half from him.

AL Third Basemen

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    Miguel Cabrera

    First-half stats: .365/.458/.674, 51 XBH (30 HR), 95 RBI, 3 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .373/.469/.680, 104 XBH (59 HR), 168 RBI, 7 SB

     

    Manny Machado

    First-half stats: .310/.337/.470, 49 XBH (7 HR), 45 RBI, 6 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .309/.340/.464, 89 XBH (15), 88 RBI, 12 SB

     

    Overview:

    Cabrera is making another run at the Triple Crown, currently leading the AL in batting average and RBI.  Chris Davis may be the only thing that stands in his way. Cabrera's 1.132 OPS is also tops in the league. Few fans would think twice if the third baseman revealed himself as some sort of baseball demi-god. He's just that unbelievable.

    Machado is emerging as one of the top third basemen in the majors thanks to pure consistency at the plate. The third baseman has long been considered one of the top rising stars in the league and in his second season, he hasn't even reached his plateau. He needs just 29 more doubles to break the single-season doubles record. 

AL Shortstops

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    J.J. Hardy

    First-half stats: .251/.293/.428, 32 XBH (16 HR), 52 RBI, 1 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .255/.303/.440, 59 XBH (25 HR), 90 RBI, 2 SB

     

    Jhonny Peralta

    First-half stats: .303/.361/.447, 33 XBH (8 HR), 46 RBI, 3 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .292/.350/.445, 51 XBH (14 HR), 77 RBI, 4 SB

     

    Overview:

    One of the statistically weaker positions on the AL roster, shortstop will be filled by J.J. Hardy, one of three starting Baltimore Orioles players. He is hitting right around his .258 career average and has a chance to break his personal single-season home run total of 30, which he hit in 2011.

    Peralta, who has a better three-slash line in all categories, is also far above his career average in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. I don't expect it to remain quite that high the rest of the season, but he does have a chance to break his personal single-season RBI total of 89 set in 2008.   

AL Outfielders

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    Mike Trout

    First-half stats: .322/.399/.565, 52 XBH (15 HR), 59 RBI, 21 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .318/.395/.577,  99 XBH (31 HR), 104 RBI, 44 SB

     

    Adam Jones

    First-half stats: .296/.324/.501, 43 XBH (19 HR), 67 RBI, 9 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .301/.335/.509, 80 XBH (34 HR), 111 RBI, 16 SB

     

    Jose Bautista

    First-half stats: .254/.351/.493, 40 XBH (20 HR), 55 RBI, 6 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .248/.350/.483, 76 XBH (36 HR), 98 RBI,  8 SB

     

    Nelson Cruz

    First-half stats: .277/.334/.517, 40 XBH (22 HR), 69 RBI, 5 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .280/.333/.531, 74 XBH (41 HR), 112 RBI, 8 SB

     

    Alex Gordon

    First-half stats: .283/.355/.417, 27 XBH (9 HR), 49 RBI, 5 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .299/.372/.425, 56 XBH (17 HR), 90 RBI, 9 SB

     

    Torii Hunter

    First-half stats: .315/.352/.458, 34 XBH (7 HR), 44 RBI, 2 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .304/.348/.440, 58 XBH (13 HR), 75 RBI, 4 SB

     

    Overview:

    When Torii Hunter made his MLB debut in 1998, Mike Trout was eight years old. Now, they're both on the same All-Star roster. After a slow start to March and April, Trout is proving that his rookie of the year campaign was no fluke. In fact, he's already tied his triple total from last year (8) and leads the majors in that category.

    Adam Jones is about to peak during the golden years of his career. He's in line to have his best statistical year, although that OBP could use a boost. Jose Bautista gets the third starting position in the outfield even though his power numbers aren't quite where they were in 2010 and 2011. 

    Cruz collects his second All-Star appearance, the other coming in 2009 when he also had 22 dingers at the break. This year I think there's a solid chance he eclipses the 40-home run mark for the first time in his career. 

    Gordon gets his first selection even as his average and power numbers have cooled off in the summer months. He's still one of the best hitters on a young Royals squad and should discover an offensive boost in the second half just as he did last year.

    Hunter refuses to give in to father time as the 17-year veteran makes his fifth All-Star appearance and cranks out similar numbers from 2012, batting far above his career average.

AL Designated Hitter

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    David Ortiz

    First-half stats: .317/.402/.606, 43 XBH (19 HR), 65 RBI, 3 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .309/.410/.625, 83 XBH (41 HR), 110 RBI, 3 SB

     

    Overview:

    If Big Papi can stay healthy all season, he has a chance to replicate numbers he was producing when he first joined the Red Sox in the mid-2000s. He has refused to hit a slump of any sort since missing the first 16 games of the season and is on pace to compile three-slash line and power numbers we haven't witnessed since the Sox won the World Series in 2007.

AL Starting Pitchers

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    Max Scherzer

    First-half stats: 129.2 IP, 13W-1L, 3.19 ERA, 152/31 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 222.2 IP, 20W-4L, 3.31 ERA, 257/56 K/BB

     

    *Clay Buchholz (injured)

    First-half stats: 84.1 IP, 9W-0L, 1.71 ERA, 81/29 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 164.2, 15W-2L, 2.03 ERA, 155/50 K/BB

     

    *Bartolo Colon (started Sunday)

    First-half stats: 126.2 IP, 12W-3L, 2.70 ERA, 70/15 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 227 IP, 19W-6L, 2.98 ERA, 131/32 K/BB

     

    *Yu Darvish (injured)

    First-half stats: 119.1 IP, 8W-4L, 3.02 ERA, 157/41 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 196.1 IP, 15W-6L, 3.28 ERA, 243/68 K/BB

     

    Felix Hernandez

    First-half stats: 138.2 IP, 10W-4L, 2.53 ERA, 140/26 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 252.1 IP, 18W-7L, 2.61 ERA, 229/44 K/BB

     

    *Hisashi Iwakuma (started Sunday)

    First-half stats: 131.1 IP, 8W-4L, 3.02 ERA, 113/19 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 225.2 IP, 13W-8L, 3.23 ERA, 198/32 K/BB

     

    Justin Masterson

    First-half stats: 135.1 IP, 10W-7L, 3.72 ERA, 137/54 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 219.1 IP, 15W-12L, 3.90 ERA, 208/92 K/BB

     

    #Matt Moore

    First-half stats: 107.1 IP, 13W-3L, 3.44 ERA, 108/55 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 188 IP, 19W-7L, 3.57 ERA, 170/88 K/BB

     

    Chris Sale

    First-half stats: 120 IP, 6W-8L, 2.85 ERA, 131/27 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 214.1 IP, 13W-13L, 2.70 ERA, 209/45 K/BB

     

    #Chris Tillman

    First-half stats: 111.2 IP, 11W-3L, 3.95 ERA, 89/41 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 196.2 IP, 17W-7L, 4.09 ERA, 151/72 K/BB

     

    *Justin Verlander (started Sunday)

    First-half stats: 126 IP, 10W-6L, 3.50 ERA, 125/45 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 229.2 IP, 16W-9L, 3.25 ERA, 220/71 K/BB

     

    Overview:

    Max Scherzer gets the starting nod from AL manager Jim Leyland after not losing a game until this past Saturday. But many AL starters have had dominant first halves, including Bartolo Colon, Felix Hernandez and Chris Sale, despite his record. Sale has the worst run support in the majors at 2.76 and one of the best WHIPs at 1.01.

    Buchholz was having a career year, owning a 1.71 ERA as a starter, and Darvish was approaching the pace to break Nolan Ryan's 1973 record of most strikeouts by an AL pitcher in a single season at 383 before both were sidelined with injuries. 

    Iwakuma has become a solid No. 2 starter behind King Felix, leading the league in WHIP and throwing a lot of innings. Masterson has thrown three complete game shutouts and has truly come into his own as a 28-year-old ace for the Indians. Moore and Tillman are each making their first All-Star appearance, and while their ERA and K/BB rates are areas to improve upon, they continue to produce positive results for their respective teams.

    Verlander was viewed as an All-Star selection purely for name recognition, but as he become vintage Verlander in two of his past three starts, good things can be expected in the second half.

AL Relief Pitchers

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    #Grant Balfour

    First-half stats: 38.2 IP, 0W-1L, 1.63 ERA, 41/13 K/BB, 25 SV

    Projected full-season stats: 70 IP, 1W-2L, 1.72 ERA, 78/21 K/BB, 49 SV

     

    Brett Cecil

    First-half stats: 46.1 IP, 3W-0L, 1.94 ERA, 55/17 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 82 IP, 5W-0L, 1.80 ERA, 97/27 K/BB

     

    *Jesse Crain (injured)

    First-half stats: 36.2 IP, 2W-3L, 0.74 ERA, 46/11 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 58.1 IP, 3W-4L, 0.88 ERA, 67/19 K/BB

     

    Steve Delabar

    First-half stats: 42 IP, 5W-1L, 1.71 ERA, 58/23 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 71.2 IP, 7W-2L, 1.63 ERA, 97/36 K/BB

     

    #Greg Holland

    First-half stats: 35 IP, 2W-1L, 1.80 ERA, 60/11 K/BB, 22 SV

    Projected full-season stats: 56.1 IP, 3W-3L, 1.88 ERA, 99/17 K/BB, 39 SV

     

    Joe Nathan

    First-half stats: 39.2 IP, 1W-0L, 1.36 ERA, 42/10 K/BB, 30 SV

    Projected full-season stats: 72 IP, 2W-0L, 1.21 ERA, 80/16 K/BB, 50 SV

     

    #Glen Perkins

    First-half stats: 34.2 IP, 1W-0L, 1.82 ERA, 47/7 K/BB, 21 SV

    Projected full-season stats: 60.1 IP, 1W-1L, 1.98 ERA, 83/10 K/BB, 38 SV

     

    Mariano Rivera

    First-half stats: 34.1 IP, 1W-2L, 1.83 ERA, 32/7 K/BB, 30 SV

    Projected full-season stats: 62.1 IP, 2W-3L, 1.77 ERA, 58/9 K/BB, 45 SV

     

    Overview:

    Each of the five closers on the AL All-Star roster have sub-2.00 ERAs. Rivera and Nathan lead the league in saves with 30 apiece and should continue to collect a whole lot more as each of their respective teams make playoff runs.

    Balfour, Holland and Perkins all made the team thanks to injury replacement. It's difficult to justify how each did not make the team to begin with other than there are a limited number of slots for pitchers. They each have 20-plus saves at the break and feature insane K/BB rates that should translate through the second half.

    Cecil has coveted his role with the Blue Jays at one point retiring 25 consecutive batters across seven appearances and Crain has become one of the most dominant setup men in baseball, proven by his 29 inning scoreless streak earlier this season.

    Delabar won the AL Final Vote spot and for good reason, he's allowed only one earned run in his last 16 innings pitched.

NL Catchers

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    Yadier Molina

    First-half stats: .341/.386/.489, 34 XBH (7 HR), 49 RBI, 3 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .330/.381/.479, 57 XBH (13 HR), 83 RBI, 5 SB

     

    #Brian McCann

    First-half stats: .291/.374/.536, 20 XBH (12 HR), 32 RBI, 0 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .279/.353/.520,  47 XBH (21 HR), 66 RBI, 0 SB

     

    Buster Posey

    First-half stats: .325/.395/.536, 41 XBH (13  HR), 56 RBI, 1 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .331/.401/.547, 67 XBH (22 HR), 92 RBI, 2 SB

     

    Overview:

    Molina has been a model of consistency for the Cardinals at the plate in 2013 and is on pace to finish with the best batting average of his career. He's also slapping doubles at a much higher rate than he has in the past. 

    McCann replaces his teammate and NL Final Vote selection, Freddie Freeman. He's only appeared in 53 games for the Braves after missing all of March and April due to offseason shoulder surgery but arrived hot out of the gates with six home runs in May and more recently cashed in a torrid July in which he's hitting .419.

    Posey is again his MVP-caliber self near the top of the league in batting average and leads a struggling Giants team in average and average while standing second to Hunter Pence in home runs.

NL First Basemen

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    Joey Votto

    First-half stats: .318/.434/.506, 35 XBH (15 HR) 42 RBI, 3 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .324/.430/.517, 72 XBH (31 HR), 89 RBI, 3 SB

     

    Allen Craig

    First-half stats: .333/.378/.494, 34 XBH (10 HR), 74 RBI, 2 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .318/.360/.490, 61 XBH (20 HR), 113 RBI, 3 SB

     

    *Freddie Freeman (injured)

    First-half stats: .308/.386/.468, 30 XBH (9 HR), 61 RBI, 0 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .292/.375/.470, 55 XBH (18 HR), 100 RBI, 0 SB

     

    Paul Goldschmidt

    First-half stats: .313/.395/.557, 46 XBH (21 HR), 77 RBI, 9 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .320/.392/.558, 81 XBH (38 HR), 131 RBI, 14 SB

     

    Overview:

    First base is a stacked position in the National League with Votto, Craig or Goldschmidt all as realistic options as the starter. Votto gets the call, however, as his on-base percentage is again tops in the league. His power numbers aren't quite as high as they've been in the past, but they've been good enough to keep the Reds afloat in what has become an extremely competitive NL Central.

    Craig in his fourth full season and Goldschmidt in his third have emerged as two of the better average hitters in the National League. Furthermore, Goldschmidt leads the league in RBIs while Craig lies just three short of him. Both have potential to have monster seasons and bright futures ahead.

    Freeman beat out Yasiel Puig in the NL Final Vote but will not play due to a thumb injury. The first baseman is having his best overall first half leaving much to be desired in the second half.

NL Second Basemen

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    Brandon Phillips

    First-half stats: .266/.320/.413, 27 XBH (12 HR), 74 RBI, 1 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .274/.333/.417, 51 XBH (21 HR), 114 RBI, 1 SB

     

    Matt Carpenter

    First-half stats: .321/.394/.497, 41 XBH (9 HR), 45 RBI, 1 SB

    Projected full-seasons stats: .333/.390/.501, 77 XBH (15 HR), 80 RBI, 2 SB

     

    Marco Scutaro

    First-half stats: .316/.367/.400, 21 XBH (2 HR), 22 RBI, 0 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .303/.359/.390, 37 XBH (3 HR), 38 RBI, 0 SB

     

    Overview:

    After a hot start to through May, Phillips has cooled off in the summer months. His RBI total is the highest its been at the All-Star break, so the second baseman may be in for a career RBI year while his home run total clocks in around 20 as usual.

    Breakout star Matt Carpenter continues to impress in St. Louis, earning his first All-Star bid thanks to a strong three-slash line. He leads the NL in doubles with 28 after hitting just 22 all last season.

    Veteran Marco Scutaro is a fan favorite in San Francisco which may account for his All-Star selection but his .316 average and 21 extra-base hits speak for themselves. It all depends if his 37-year-old body can take the grind of the long season.

NL Third Basemen

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    David Wright

    First-half stats: .304/.396/.507, 39 XBH (13 HR), 44 RBI, 15 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .310/.401/.500, 65 XBH (25 HR), 87 RBI, 27 SB

     

    Pedro Alvarez

    First-half stats: .250/.311/.516, 33 XBH (24 HR), 62 RBI, 1 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .240/.309/.520, 63 XBH (45 HR), 104 RBI, 3 SB

     

    Overview:

    All-Star ambassador David Wright gets the start at his own Citi Field and without question. He's been the most consistent hitter in the lineup and is a large reason why the Mets aren't completely out of it at the All-Star break. 

    Alvarez makes his first All-Star appearance after clobbering 24 home runs in the first half, second to only Carlos Gonzalez's 25. His batting average and on-base percentage is nothing to write home about, but his knack for timely hitting with runners on base has been essential to the Pirates' success.

NL Shortstops

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    Troy Tulowitzki

    First-half stats: .332/.400/.608, 32 XBH (16 HR), 52 RBI, 0 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .339/.393/.618, 68 XBH (30 HR), 105 RBI, 2 SB

     

    Everth Cabrera

    First-half stats: .291/.373/.396, 21 XBH (4 HR), 25 RBI, 34 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .272/.360/.388, 41 XBH (6 HR), 52 RBI, 70 SB

     

    Jean Segura

    First-half stats: .325/.363/.487, 30 XBH (11 HR), 36 RBI, 27 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .320/.371/.460, 53 XBH (18 HR), 62 RBI, 49 SB

     

    Overview: 

    Tulowitzki has battled injuries all season but still enters the break in the top 10 in home runs and batting average. If he returns to form after the break, Tulo has a chance to have his best offensive year despite missing 32 games in the first half.

    Cabrera and Segura both get their first All-Star bids amid breakout years. They both have catered their abilities to become extremely productive top of the order batters, reaching base at a great clip and stealing bases better than anyone in their league. Not to mention their ability to knock an extra-base hit.

NL Outfielders

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    Carlos Beltran

    First-half stats: .309/.346/.533, 34 XBH (19 HR), 53 RBI, 2 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .303/.350/.555, 59 XBH (34 HR), 95 RBI, 5 SB

     

    Carlos Gonzalez

    First-half stats: .302/.370/.610, 53 XBH (25 HR), 64 RBI, 16 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .312/.379/.625, 94 XBH (49 HR), 114 RBI, 28 SB

     

    Bryce Harper

    First-half stats: .264/.371/.522, 24 XBH (13 HR), 29 RBI, 6 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .260/.370/.538, 50 XBH (20 HR), 65 RBI, 14 SB

     

    Domonic Brown

    First-half stats: .273/.320/.535, 43 XBH (23 HR), 67 RBI, 8 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .262/.318/.550, 84 XBH (40 HR), 110 RBI, 15 SB

     

    Michael Cuddyer

    First-half stats: .330/.391/.568, 35 XBH (16 HR), 55 RBI, 6 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .320/.379/.538, 70 XBH (29 HR), 106 RBI, 10 SB

     

    Carlos Gomez

    First-half stats: .295/.337/.533, 43 XBH (14 HR), 45 RBI, 21 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .309/.353/.530, 64 XBH (25 HR), 82 RBI, 41 SB

     

    Andrew McCutchen

    First-half stats: .302/.376/.471, 37 XBH (10  HR), 49 RBI, 20 SB

    Projected full-season stats: .316/.389/.490, 83 XBH (25 HR), 92 RBI, 44 SB

     

    Overview: 

    Beltran and Harper are 16 years apart, but that won't stop them from starting beside each other in the NL outfield. Just when we thought Beltran's career was coming to a close, he electrifies us with an All-Star-caliber year in 2012 and he's doing it again in 2013 but hitting for a better average and more power. While Harper entered 2013 firing on all cylinders—remember his .344 average, 9 home runs and 18 RBI through April?—a stint on the disabled list has cooled him off to mediocre numbers where he'll likely stay.

    Gonzalez makes his second consecutive All-Star appearance while leading the NL in home runs and slugging percentage. He has already hit more home runs than he did last year and the future continues to shine for CarGo.

    There's a lot of young talent in this group, which bodes well for future NL All-Star teams. Brown and Gomez are poised to set personal bests in multiple statistical categories as they both have breakout seasons. Though Gomez has struggled as of late, his contributions to the Brewers has not gone unnoticed.

    Cuddyer is hitting nearly 60 point about his career .274 average and is having a season similar to his 2009 campaign in Minnesota when he hit 32 home runs and drove in 94. McCutchen is becoming a stable on NL All-Star teams, and while his numbers aren't quite as impressive as years past, a strong second half will see him return to form.

NL Starting Pitchers

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    Matt Harvey

    First-half stats: 130 IP, 7W-2L, 2.35 ERA, 147/28 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 221.2 IP, 15W-4L, 2.22 ERA, 242/49 K/BB

     

    Madison Bumgarner

    First-half stats: 125 IP, 10W-5L, 3.02 ERA, 122/34 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 216.1 IP, 15W-9L, 2.99 ERA, 204/60 K/BB

     

    Patrick Corbin

    First-half stats: 130.1 IP, 11W-1L, 2.35 ERA, 109/33 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 223.1 IP, 18W-4L, 2.56 ERA, 208/64 K/BB

     

    Jose Fernandez

    First-half stats: 104.2 IP, 5W-5L, 2.75 ERA, 103/40 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 197.2 IP, 11W-8L, 2.89 ERA, 189/76 K/BB

     

    Clayton Kershaw

    First-half stats: 145.1 IP, 8W-6L, 1.98 ERA, 139/35 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 237 IP, 16W-9L, 2.07 ERA, 240/59 K/BB

     

    Cliff Lee

    First-half stats: 138.2 IP, 10W-3L, 2.86 ERA, 125/21 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 225.2 IP, 15W-7L, 3.19 ERA, 214/40 K/BB

     

    *Jeff Locke (injured)

    First-half stats: 109 IP, 8W-2L, 2.15 ERA, 73/47 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 198 IP, 14W-4L, 2.21 ERA, 138/77 K/BB

     

    *Adam Wainwright (started Sunday)

    First-half stats: 146.2 IP, 12W-5L, 2.45 ERA, 130/15 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 248.1 IP, 20W-7L, 2.29 ERA, 233/28 K/BB

     

    Travis Wood

    First-half stats: 122.2 IP, 6W-6L, 2.79 ERA, 86/38 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 210.1 IP, 11W-9L, 2.70 ERA, 142/69 K/BB

     

    *Jordan Zimmerman (injured)

    First-half stats: 132.1 IP, 12W-4L, 2.58 ERA, 95/18 K/BB

    Projected full-season stats: 222 IP, 19 W-7L, 2.45 ERA, 178/37 K/BB

     

    Overview:

    In just his second MLB season, Harvey has earned the start in the All-Star Game and has risen to stardom thanks to dominant pitching performances and an impressive K/BB ratio.

    Kershaw and Wainwright are men among boys again in the NL, racking up the most innings pitched for starters in the National League as well as the highest strike out totals behind Harvey. Lee has somewhat returned to form, getting results on the field while watching his strikeout rate decline as his walk total increases.

    Seven of the 10 NL starting pitchers are making their first All-Star appearances including Corbin, Fernandez, Locke and Wood. Corbin hadn't lost a game until July 2 and quickly rebounded in his next two starts to throw 14.2 innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out 20. Locke, along with Gerrit Cole, provide a brilliant front of the rotation for the Pirates' future as he has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 15 straight starts.

    Fernandez and Wood have pitched as well as one could ask on a struggling team and were recognized with their All-Star selections.

    Zimmerman, clearly overshadowed by Stephen Strasburg in Washington, has been the true ace on the staff. He will likely eclipse 200 innings pitched for the first time in his career and currently leads the league in wins.

    Similar to Zimmerman, Bumgarner has become the ace of the Giants' staff despite having teammates with the last name Cain and Lincecum. If it wasn't for a rough May, Bumgarner may have even better numbers, but 2-0 through two starts in July is pretty good.

NL Relief Pitchers

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    Aroldis Chapman

    First-half stats: 38.2 IP, 3W-3L, 2.79 ERA, 64/19 K/BB, 21 SV

    Projected full-season stats: 73 IP, 4W-5L, 2.60 ERA, 129/37 K/BB, 45 SV

     

    Jason Grilli

    First-half stats: 40.2 IP, 0W-1L, 1.99 ERA, 63/9 K/BB, 29 SV

    Projected full-season stats: 83.1 IP, 1W-3L, 2.19 ERA, 113/19 K/BB, 55 SV

     

    Craig Kimbrel

    First-half stats: 35.1 IP, 2W-2L, 1.53 ERA, 54/12 K/BB, 26 SV

    Projected full-season stats: 67.1 IP, 3W-3L, 1.66 ERA, 104/20 K/BB, 47 SV

     

    #Mark Melancon

    First-half stats: 44.1 IP, 2W-1L, 0.81 ERA, 46/4 K/BB, 2 SV

    Projected full-season stats: 93 IP, 4W-1L, 1.00 ERA, 87/10 K/BB, 3 SV

     

    #Edward Mujica

    First-half stats: 41 IP, 2W-1L, 2.20 ERA, 34/2 K/BB, 26 SV

    Projected full-season stats: 80.1 IP, 3W-2L, 2.45 ERA, 77/5 K/BB, 48 SV

     

    #Sergio Romo

    First-half stats: 34.2 IP, 3W-4L, 2.86 ERA, 38/7 K/BB, 21 SV

    Projected full-season stats: 71.2 IP, 5W-5L, 3.10 ERA, 68/12 K/BB, 39 SV

     

    Overview:

    The National League may get its fourth consecutive All-Star win thanks to the strength of its relief pitching. Chapman, Grilli, Kimbrel and Mujica have all been nearly unhittable closers.

    It's a toss-up whether Grilli or Kimbrel has been the best closer. Kimbrel has the better ERA but Grilli has three more saves and has only blown one compared to Kimbrel's three blown saves. Regardless, each will flirt with 50 saves in 2013.

    Chapman and Mujica are the next tier of NL closers. While Chapman can blow you away with his heater, walks have been an issue for him this year, while Mujica has only two base on balls to his name and the second-most save in the league.

    Romo was named to the All-Star team by manager Bruce Bochy. The shutdown closer in last year's World Series is having another solid year and could be called upon to face Miguel Cabrera in tonight's All-Star contest.

    Melancon has been a great story after returning to the NL in 2013. His 0.81 ERA, .189 BAA and 46 strikeouts in 44.1 innings pitched makes him one of the top setup men in the game.