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Bleacher Report's 2014 All-Star Game Roster Predictions 1 Month Out

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2014

Bleacher Report's 2014 All-Star Game Roster Predictions 1 Month Out

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    The 2014 MLB All-Star Game will take place July 15 at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. The rosters for each team will be announced the weekend of July 5-6, with the final vote for the 35th roster spot taking place after that.

    Despite the fact that it now determines home-field advantage in the World Series, the All-Star Game remains very much an exhibition for the fans.

    Even with the rosters recently expanded to 34 players, there will always be a handful of players who wind up snubbed, and who belongs on the All-Star rosters always stirs up some good debate in the MLB community.

    With that in mind, here is my best guess as to the 68 players who will be named a 2014 MLB All-Star once the rosters are announced and the Final Vote player is selected.

    It should be pointed out that this is not necessarily who I feel deserves to make the team in every case but, instead, my predictions for who inevitably will make it.

     

    All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted and cover games through Tuesday, June 17. All injury information via MLBDepthCharts team pages.

AL Catchers

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    One-Month Predictions (projected starter in bold)

    PlayerBA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSBWAR
    Derek Norris, OAK.312/.414/.53549118342422.2
    Kurt Suzuki, MIN*.305/.369/.39660122301801.5
    Matt Wieters, BAL.308/.339/.5003255181300.8

    *Injury replacement for Matt Wieters.

     

    Overview

    Matt Wieters has been sidelined since May 10 with an elbow injury, and he underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn UCL, effectively ending his 2014 season. There is still a chance someone catches him in the voting, but the way Baltimore Orioles fans have been stuffing the ballot box this year, he remains the projected starter.

    Brian McCann currently sits second in the voting, more on name recognition than anything he has done this year, as he's hitting just .220 with a .623 OPS. That leaves an interesting crop of first-time All-Star candidates to fill out the position.

    Derek Norris is having the best season of any AL catcher and should find his way into the starting lineup in place of Wieters. As for filling Wieters' roster spot, Kurt Suzuki of the host Minnesota Twins is having a surprisingly productive season after being signed as veteran insurance for Josmil Pinto, and he looks like the logical choice.

AL First Basemen

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    One-Month Predictions

    PlayerBA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSBWAR
    Jose Abreu, CWS.265/.318/.596591519513501.4
    Miguel Cabrera, DET.319/.374/.549822312563902.3
    Brandon Moss, OAK.261/.354/.535631117543312.3

     

    Overview

    With Miguel Cabrera sliding over from third base this season for the Detroit Tigers and rookie Jose Abreu making a seamless transition from the Cuban League to the MLB, the first base position in the American League is loaded this season.

    Cabrera looks to be well on his way to earning the starting nod, as he has picked up his production after a slow first month. Meanwhile, Abreu still ranks among the AL leaders with 19 home runs and 51 RBI despite a stint on the 15-day DL with an ankle injury, and he should have a reserve spot locked up.

    Brandon Moss is the best of the rest, and while he does not carry the name recognition of guys like Albert Pujols and Chris Davis, his .889 OPS is good for ninth-best in the AL and he's done it playing for the AL-best Oakland Athletics.

AL Second Basemen

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    One-Month Predictions

    PlayerBA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSBWAR
    Jose Altuve, HOU.326/.367/.441942322434242.0
    Robinson Cano, SEA.327/.384/.43885154393552.0
    Brian Dozier, MIN.237/.348/.4506211153555152.5

     

    Overview

    The second base position in the AL this year is stacked, and there will likely be at least a couple of worthy players snubbed as a result of the depth.

    Robinson Cano has struggled to find his power stroke in Seattle, but he's continued hitting nonetheless. He looks like a safe bet to earn the starting job, but who fills out the roster behind him is one of the more interesting debates at this point.

    Brian Dozier currently leads the AL in runs scored and is one of only three players with double-digit home runs and stolen bases so far this season. Add to that the fact that he plays for the host Minnesota Twins, and he seems like a good bet for one reserve spot.

    After him, a case can be made for Jose Altuve, Ian Kinsler and Dustin Pedroia. Altuve may not have the star power of those other two, but as the AL leader in hits and stolen bases, he is by far the most deserving candidate.

AL Third Basemen

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    One-Month Predictions

    PlayerBA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSBWAR
    Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE.368/.420/.58968178333122.1
    Josh Donaldson, OAK.251/.335/.484701217515414.4

     

    Overview

    After ranking as perhaps the biggest snub in either league last year, Oakland Athletics star Josh Donaldson is running away with the starting third base spot in the American League this season. Rightfully so, as he leads the league in WAR at 4.4 and has been fantastic both at the plate and in the field.

    Though he did not actually appear on the AL ballot, Lonnie Chisenhall has played his way into everyday at-bats for the Cleveland Indians and been fantastic. He's currently 14 plate appearances shy of qualifying for the batting title with his .368 average, but even factoring those in as outs, he leads the league at a .341 clip.

    Adrian Beltre, Kyle Seager and Yangervis Solarte are all viable candidates, and Evan Longoria could end up sneaking onto the roster as the Tampa Bay Rays' lone representative, but for now, we'll go with two third basemen and leave those guys off the roster.

AL Shortstops

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    One-Month Predictions

    PlayerBA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSBWAR
    Derek Jeter, NYY.275/.330/.3256671152430.6
    Alexei Ramirez, CWS.310/.344/.43485973637122.6

     

    Overview

    This one is pretty cut and dry, as retiring New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter will likely wind up as the starter, but he will find his way onto the roster one way or another. Much like former teammate Mariano Rivera last year, this season has been a retirement tour of sorts for the Yankees captain, and a stop at the Midsummer Classic is only fitting.

    Behind him, Chicago White Sox veteran Alexei Ramirez has been the best all-around performer at the position by a sizable margin and will be a deserving first-time All-Star.

    There are a handful of other candidates, such as Boston Red Sox rookie Xander Bogaerts (.787 OPS) and Los Angeles Angels staple Erick Aybar (2.7 WAR, first among AL shortstops), but they will likely be on the outside looking in.

AL Outfielders

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    One-Month Predictions

    PlayerBA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSBWAR
    Jose Bautista, TOR.309/.431/.537801415475133.3
    Michael Brantley, CLE.323/.391/.519861711464992.9
    Melky Cabrera, TOR.292/.333/.456871510354341.0
    Alex Gordon, KC.288/.369/.46275218384043.7
    Adam Jones, BAL.295/.317/.483851412434232.0
    Mike Trout, LAA.311/.397/.610791816544794.4

     

    Overview

    Jose Bautista and Mike Trout both look like locks to start in the American League outfield, and they are more than deserving after having fantastic all-around seasons once again. Not only are they the two highest vote-getters among AL outfielders, but they are tops among all AL players.

    Melky Cabrera currently holds the third starting position. While he has bounced back nicely from a rough first season and is certainly worthy of consideration, guys like Michael Brantley and Alex Gordon are far more deserving of the third starting spot.

    It would be a major oversight if both Brantley and Gordon don't find their way onto the roster as reserves, and they probably won't be the only backup outfielders. Adam Jones also earns a spot in these predictions, over the likes of Coco Crisp, Yoenis Cespedes, Dexter Fowler and Alex Rios.

AL Designated Hitters

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    One-Month Predictions

    PlayerBA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSBWAR
    Nelson Cruz, BAL.300/.369/.596781421574312.6
    Edwin Encarnacion, TOR.264/.349/.572711920544522.6
    Victor Martinez, DET.337/.391/.604861717453422.3

     

    Overview

    There may not have been a better free-agent deal handed out this offseason than the one-year, $8 million contract the Orioles gave Nelson Cruz just before the start of spring training. Any questions regarding his power following PED suspension have been answered, as he leads the AL with 21 home runs and 57 RBI.

    Edwin Encarnacion actually plays primarily first base for the Toronto Blue Jays, but he appears on the All-Star ballot as a DH, so that's where we'll list him here. His red-hot month of May alone is enough to earn him a spot on the team, as he had 16 home runs and 33 RBI in 30 games to win AL Player of the Month honors.

    Finally, there is Victor Martinez, who has done a phenomenal job stepping into the cleanup spot behind Miguel Cabrera in the Detroit Tigers lineup. His .604 slugging percentage and .995 OPS both rank second to Mike Trout in the AL, and he has struck out just 19 times in 255 at-bats.

AL Starting Pitchers

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    One-Month Predictions

    PlayerW-LERAWHIPBBKIPBAAWAR
    Mark Buehrle, TOR10-32.281.23265594.2.2563.5
    Yu Darvish, TEX7-32.391.213210990.1.2293.3
    Sonny Gray, OAK6-32.931.18327992.0.2271.6
    Felix Hernandez, SEA8-22.290.9919112106.1.2192.6
    Scott Kazmir, OAK8-22.050.98207288.0.2062.5
    Dallas Keuchel, HOU8-42.631.06227995.2.2263.7
    Chris Sale, CWS5-11.970.6796859.1.1522.6
    Max Scherzer, DET8-33.841.252911198.1.2512.0
    Masahiro Tanaka, NYY11-11.990.951611399.2.2164.0

     

    Overview

    There are a few deserving candidates to start for the American League side, but it will likely come down to the trio of Masahiro Tanaka, Yu Darvish and Felix Hernandez, provided they all have the necessary rest. The pick here is Tanaka, but all three should find their way onto the roster.

    The Athletics rotation has managed to overcome preseason injuries to a pair of starters, thanks in large part to the terrific performances of Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir atop the rotation. Both guys deserve to be in Minnesota, and a case can be made for Jesse Chavez as well.

    Veteran Mark Buehrle has been one of the more pleasant surprises of the first half and deserves a spot, while Max Scherzer and Chris Sale remain two of the best in the business and have a great chance of being voted in by their peers.

    Dallas Keuchel is the wild card here. His numbers are certainly All-Star worthy, but the Houston Astros may not get two representatives and Jose Altuve looks to have a good chance of making it. It Keuchel does get snubbed, that would open things up for someone like Corey Kluber, Garrett Richards or the host Twins' best arm, Phil Hughes.

AL Relief Pitchers

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    One-Month Predictions

    PlayerW-LSVHLDERAWHIPBB/9K/9WAR
    Dellin Betances, NYY4-00/2101.550.712.215.11.6
    Greg Holland, KC0-120/2101.350.972.413.51.2
    Jake McGee, TB3-01/271.440.832.310.31.4
    Koji Uehara, BOS1-115/1500.570.661.111.92.0

     

    Overview

    Koji Uehara and Greg Holland were probably the two best closers in the American League last year, and they can stake a claim to that title once again this season, as both are off to tremendous starts here in 2014.

    Dellin Betances has been a revelation out of the Yankees bullpen, helping to ease the loss of Mariano Rivera by filling the eighth-inning role that was vacated by David Robertson. More and more middle relievers have been making the roster in recent years, and he looks like a prime candidate this season.

    Left-hander Jake McGee earns the final reliever spot as the Rays' lone representative over a more deserving Zach Britton, but that's how it works out sometimes, with all 30 teams in need of a player on the roster. Closers Glen Perkins, Fernando Rodney and Joakim Soria are also having nice seasons and could find their way onto the team if less starters are chosen.

Predicted Starting Lineup and Team-By-Team Breakdown

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    Predicted Starting Lineup

    1. CF Mike Trout

    2. SS Derek Jeter

    3. RF Jose Bautista

    4. 1B Miguel Cabrera

    5. DH Nelson Cruz

    6. 2B Robinson Cano

    7. 3B Josh Donaldson

    8. LF Melky Cabrera

    9. C Derek Norris

    SP Masahiro Tanaka

     

    Team-By-Team Breakdown

    Baltimore (3): C Matt Wieters*, CF Adam Jones, DH Nelson Cruz

    Boston (1): RP Koji Uehara

    Chicago (3): 1B Jose Abreu, SS Alexei Ramirez, SP Chris Sale

    Cleveland (2): 3B Lonnie Chisenhall, LF Michael Brantley

    Detroit (3): 1B Miguel Cabrera, DH Victor Martinez, SP Max Scherzer

    Houston (2): 2B Jose Altuve, SP Dallas Keuchel

    Kansas City (2): LF Alex Gordon, RP Greg Holland

    Los Angeles (1): CF Mike Trout

    Minnesota (2): C Kurt Suzuki*, 2B Brian Dozier

    New York (3): SS Derek Jeter, SP Masahiro Tanaka, RP Dellin Betances

    Oakland (5): C Derek Norris, 1B Brandon Moss, 3B Josh Donaldson, SP Sonny Gray, SP Scott Kazmir

    Seattle (2): 2B Robinson Cano, SP Felix Hernandez

    Tampa Bay (1): RP Jake McGee

    Texas (1): SP Yu Darvish

    Toronto (4): 1B Edwin Encarnacion, LF Melky Cabrera, RF Jose Bautista, SP Mark Buehrle

    *Injury replacement for Matt Wieters.

Notable Predicted Snubs

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    Position Players

    • 1B Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
    • 2B Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers
    • 3B Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
    • 3B Yangervis Solarte, New York Yankees
    • SS Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels
    • SS Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
    • OF Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics
    • OF Coco Crisp, Oakland Athletics
    • OF Dexter Fowler, Houston Astros
    • OF Alex Rios, Texas Rangers
    • DH David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

     

    Pitchers

    • SP Jesse Chavez, Oakland Athletics
    • SP Phil Hughes, Minnesota Twins
    • SP Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
    • SP Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels
    • SP James Shields, Kansas City Royals
    • RP Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles
    • RP Wade Davis, Kansas City Royals
    • RP Sean Doolittle, Oakland Athletics
    • RP David Robertson, New York Yankees
    • RP Glen Perkins, Minnesota Twins
    • RP Fernando Rodney, Seattle Mariners
    • RP Joakim Soria, Texas Rangers

NL Catchers

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    One-Month Predictions

    PlayerBA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSBWAR
    Evan Gattis, ATL.296/.350/.58256715362501.8
    Jonathan Lucroy, MIL.340/.401/.53788258373433.9
    Yadier Molina, STL.283/.332/.40868126262311.0

     

    Overview

    Yadier Molina looks to be well on his way to a fourth career All-Star start, but while he is having a solid season once again, he is not the most deserving starter among National League backstops.

    That distinction goes to Jonathan Lucroy of the Milwaukee Brewers, who may be the most underrated player in all of baseball right now. He quietly posted a .795 OPS with 18 home runs and 82 RBI last year, and he has been even better this year both at the plate and in handling a surprisingly good Brewers pitching staff.

    The power of Evan Gattis earns him a spot as the third NL catcher, as he leads all backstops with 15 home runs. With Brian McCann struggling in his first season with the Yankees, the Atlanta Braves' decision to let him walk and to turn catching duties over to Gattis looks even better.

NL First Basemen

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    One-Month Predictions

    PlayerBA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSBWAR
    Freddie Freeman, ATL.280/.372/.493752011364301.0
    Paul Goldschmidt, ARI.310/.379/.563882715515453.1
    Anthony Rizzo, CHC.272/.397/.49066914384511.8

     

    Overview

    Until the most recent NL update, Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez was leading the voting at first base. He's not having a bad season by any means, but Paul Goldschmidt is far more deserving of the start, and after passing Gonzalez, it looks like he may very well get it.

    Behind Goldschmidt—who leads the NL in hits, doubles and total bases—the most deserving first baseman in the Senior Circuit is Chicago Cubs budding superstar Anthony Rizzo. After a disappointing 2013 season saw him take a step back offensively, he has been a consistent producer in the middle of the rebuilding club's lineup this year.

    Guys like Justin Morneau and Adam LaRoche have the numbers to warrant a spot on the NL squad, but Atlanta Braves star Freddie Freeman will likely get the nod over them as the lone consistent at the heart of a very inconsistent Braves lineup.

NL Second Basemen

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    One-Month Predictions

    PlayerBA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSBWAR
    Dee Gordon, LAD.281/.329/.397751122137361.4
    Chase Utley, PHI.301/.362/.47777245323612.0
    Neil Walker, PIT.280/.353/.45267811352910.9

     

    Overview

    Chase Utley showed last season that he is still more than capable of putting up numbers when healthy, and that has continued into the 2014 season. There is a sizable drop-off from Utley to the rest of the NL second base crop, and he is certainly a deserved starter.

    Speedster Dee Gordon has finally turned potential and raw tools into production this season, after spending the last two years in relative obscurity. He leads all of baseball with 36 stolen bases in 42 attempts, and he's been a valuable spark plug atop the Dodgers lineup.

    It became a numbers game for the final spot, as a strong case can be made for both Neil Walker and Daniel Murphy to be part of the NL roster. Walker gets the nod for now, though he is currently sidelined following an appendectomy, so Murphy has a chance to pass him.

NL Third Basemen

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    One-Month Predictions

    PlayerBA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSBWAR
    Todd Frazier, CIN.276/.349/.524701516404472.6
    Anthony Rendon, WAS.270/.331/.45670139374332.0
    David Wright, NYM.266/.327/.36977155343041.0

     

    Overview

    It looked like Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was well on his way to a breakout season and an All-Star Game star before he was sidelined with a fractured finger. That opened things up in the voting, and David Wright currently holds a decent lead over Pablo Sandoval for the starting job.

    Neither player is really deserving of the start, as the best third baseman in the NL this season by a wide margin has been Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds. He leads the position in home runs and OPS and has been one of the better defenders at the hot corner.

    Casey McGehee is a strong candidate for a backup spot, but Anthony Rendon is the choice as the Washington Nationals' lone representative. After opening the season as the everyday second baseman, Rendon slid over to third base when Ryan Zimmerman was sidelined, and he kept job with Zimmerman moving to left field.

NL Shortstops

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    One-Month Predictions

    PlayerBA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSBWAR
    Brandon Crawford, SF.257/.331/.45158137352821.8
    Troy Tulowitzki, COL.361/.450/.661841418455615.1

     

    Overview

    Troy Tulowitzki is the leading vote-getter in the National League right now, and he is running away with the vote at shortstop, nearly 1.7 million votes up on second place Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants.

    Tulo is certainly deserving of the support, as he leads the NL in all three triple-slash categories and ranks in the top five in home runs and RBI. He's been out of his mind at Coors Field, with a .477/.550/.872 line over 109 at-bats.

    There is no clear-cut backup, though a case can be made for Crawford, Starlin Castro, Jhonny Peralta and rookie Chris Owings. Both Hanley Ramirez and Ian Desmond have put up good power numbers, and while their overall production is down, they could be in the running for a spot as well. We'll go with Crawford as the choice for now, though that could certainly change over the next couple weeks.

NL Outfielders

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    One-Month Predictions

    PlayerBA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSBWAR
    Charlie Blackmon, COL.301/.350/.4947812124443121.5
    Ryan Braun, MIL.284/.332/.505621210373561.3
    Carlos Gomez, MIL.313/.379/.5478020123845112.8
    A. McCutchen, PIT.324/.436/.552842211413893.8
    Michael Morse, SF.290/.342/.538691813443201.1
    Yasiel Puig, LAD.324/.414/.545821711413772.8
    G. Stanton, MIA.298/.394/.585791719565054.5

     

    Overview

    The deepest position by far in either league is the National League outfield, and the three current leading vote-getters are no doubt the three deserving starters—Giancarlo Stanton, Yasiel Puig and Andrew McCutchen have all been fantastic.

    Carlos Gomez has continued his rise to stardom this year and looks like a lock to make the roster as well, but after him, the backup spots could go a number of different directions.

    Charlie Blackmon was the big breakout story of the first month, and he has avoided a major drop-off, so there's a good chance he earns a spot on the roster. Gomez's teammate, Ryan Braun, is also having a solid season for the first-place Milwaukee Brewers and has the name recognition to be a safe bet for a reserve role.

    A case can be made for all three San Francisco Giants outfielders to be on the roster, but slugger Michael Morse has been perhaps the biggest factor in their vastly improved offense, so he gets the nod. Guys like Seth Smith, Marcell Ozuna, Justin Upton and Juan Lagares are a victim of the numbers game here.

NL Starting Pitchers

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    One-Month Predictions

    PlayerW-LERAWHIPBBKIPBAAWAR
    Madison Bumgarner, SF8-42.851.192310494.2.2511.6
    Andrew Cashner, SD2-62.471.18205769.1.2351.2
    Johnny Cueto, CIN6-51.920.8326111108.0.1693.4
    Zack Greinke, LAD9-32.571.16209791.0.2482.4
    Tim Hudson, SF7-21.810.97136089.1.2233.0
    Clayton Kershaw, LAD6-22.931.0787155.1.2391.5
    Jeff Samardzija, CHC2-62.781.21299097.0.2422.3
    Julio Teheran, ATL6-42.310.932184105.0.2042.9
    Adam Wainwright, STL9-32.150.932191100.1.1993.0

     

    Overview

    The start on the mound for the National League could go to a few different guys at this point, but a trio of veterans in Johnny Cueto, Adam Wainwright and Tim Hudson look like leading candidates. Cueto has been arguably the best pitcher in baseball so far, and he has to be considered the front-runner at this point.

    Would-be first-time All-Stars Andrew Cashner, Julio Teheran and Jeff Samardzija have been the clear aces of their respective staffs so far this year and should have a good chance of making their way onto the roster. Cashner is something of a question mark, as the San Diego Padres may not get two representatives and closer Huston Street looks like a lock.

    Madison Bumgarner was the one positive in a disappointing Giants rotation last year, and while teammate Hudson has the better numbers, Bumgarner has been terrific once again and remains one of the best young starters in the game.

    The Dodgers have arguably the best rotation in baseball and will likely get at least a couple of starters on to the NL squad. Zack Greinke should be a lock, and while Josh Beckett has the numbers, there's a good chance Clayton Kershaw makes it over him on reputation. Think Justin Verlander making the AL team last year.

NL Relief Pitchers

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    One-Month Predictions

    PlayerW-LSVHLDERAWHIPBB/9K/9WAR
    Craig Kimbrel, ATL0-120/2301.980.953.616.50.8
    Jean Machi, SF5-02/2100.290.741.76.71.7
    F. Rodriguez, MIL2-222/2402.290.932.39.91.0
    Huston Street, SD1-018/1801.040.772.410.01.3

     

    Overview

    There are far more All-Star-worthy closers in the National League than there are in the American League this year, so there will likely be a number of snubbed bullpen arms on the NL side of things.

    Craig Kimbrel has already blown three saves, but his peripheral numbers are fantastic once again, led by a ridiculous 50 strikeouts in 27.1 innings.

    After Kimbrel, veterans Huston Street and Francisco Rodriguez have both been nearly untouchable. Street has been the best closer in the NL, converting all 18 of his save chances and allowing just 13 hits in 26 innings.

    The final spot could go to a closer like Rafael Soriano, Steve Cishek, Jonathan Papelbon and Aroldis Chapman, but it's hard to ignore the numbers Jean Machi has put up in middle relief for the first-place Giants. He has allowed just one earned run in 31 innings of work on the year.

Predicted Starting Lineups and Team-By-Team Breakdown

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    Predicted Starting Lineup

    1. CF Andrew McCutchen

    2. LF Yasiel Puig

    3. SS Troy Tulowitzki

    4. 1B Paul Goldschmidt

    5. RF Giancarlo Stanton

    6. DH Carlos Gomez

    7. 2B Chase Utley

    8. 3B David Wright

    9. C Yadier Molina

    SP Johnny Cueto

     

    Team-By-Team Breakdown

    Arizona (1): 1B Paul Goldschmidt

    Atlanta (4): C Evan Gattis, 1B Freddie Freeman, SP Julio Teheran, RP Craig Kimbrel

    Chicago (2): 1B Anthony Rizzo, SP Jeff Samardzija

    Cincinnati (2): 3B Todd Frazier, SP Johnny Cueto

    Colorado (2): SS Troy Tulowitzki, CF Charlie Blackmon

    Los Angeles (4): 2B Dee Gordon, RF Yasiel Puig, SP Zack Greinke, SP Clayton Kershaw

    Miami (1): RF Giancarlo Stanton

    Milwaukee (4): C Jonathan Lucroy, CF Carlos Gomez, RF Ryan Braun, RP Francisco Rodriguez

    New York (1): 3B David Wright

    Philadelphia (1): 2B Chase Utley, 

    Pittsburgh (2): 2B Neil Walker, CF Andrew McCutchen

    San Diego (2): SP Andrew Cashner, RP Huston Street

    San Francisco (5): SS Brandon Crawford, LF Michael Morse, SP Madison Bumgarner, SP Tim Hudson, RP Jean Machi

    St. Louis (2): C Yadier Molina, SP Adam Wainwright

    Washington (1): 3B Anthony Rendon

Notable Predicted Snubs

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    Position Players

    • C Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks
    • 1B Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals
    • 1B Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals
    • 1B Justin Morneau, Colorado Rockies
    • 2B Daniel Murphy, New York Mets
    • 3B Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
    • 3B Casey McGehee, Miami Marlins
    • 3B Luis Valbuena, Chicago Cubs
    • OF Juan Lagares, New York Mets 
    • OF Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins
    • OF Angel Pagan, San Francisco Giants
    • OF Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants
    • OF Seth Smith, San Diego Padres
    • OF Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves

     

    Pitchers

    • SP Josh Beckett, Los Angeles Dodgers
    • SP Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
    • SP Jason Hammel, Chicago Cubs
    • SP Ian Kennedy, San Diego Padres
    • SP Kyle Lohse, Milwaukee Brewers
    • SP Jon Niese, New York Mets
    • SP Alfredo Simon, Cincinnati Reds
    • SP Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
    • SP Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals
    • RP Jonathan Broxton, Cincinnati Reds
    • RP Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds
    • RP Steve Cishek, Miami Marlins
    • RP Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers
    • RP Pat Neshek, St. Louis Cardinals
    • RP Jonathan Papelbon, Philadelphia Phillies
    • RP Will Smith, Milwaukee Brewers
    • RP Rafael Soriano, Washington Nationals
    • RP Tony Watson, Pittsburgh Pirates

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