Top 5 NL All-Star Snubs

by Paul Mawdsley | Posted on Monday, July 7th, 2014
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All Star Game

After a three-year All-Star game winning streak was brought to an end last year, the National League squad is looking to rebound.  Here is the roster that has been chosen in attempt to do so:

Joining the starters are catchers Jonathan Lucroy and Devin Mesoraco, first baseman Freddie Freeman, second baseman Dee Gordon and Daniel Murphy, shortstop Starlin Castro, third baseman Matt Carpenter and Todd Frazier, and outfielders Charlie Blackmon, Josh Harrison, Hunter Pence, and Giancarlo Stanton. The pitchers representing the National League are:

Since fans vote for the starting lineup, some very deserving players are bound to be over looked.  With that in mind, here are my top 5 NL All-Star snubs (in no particular order).

1)   Alfredo Simon, SP, Cincinnati Reds

11 W, 67 K, 2.78 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 15 QS

Simon is currently tied for the NL lead in wins at 11 with Zach Greinke and Adam Wainwright, both members of the All-Star team.  Yet, he has the highest winning percentage of all NL starters at .786.  In 110 innings pitched, Simon may only have 67 strikeouts, however he has only surrendered 26 walks for a whip within the top ten of all NL pitchers.  Simon ranks 9th in the NL in Average Game Score at 57.9.


2)   Huston Street, RP, San Diego Padres

23 SV, 33 K, 1.13 ERA, 0.78 WHIP

A former All-Star, Street has dealt with injuries in the past hampering his ability to put up stellar numbers.  This season, he is healthy and dominating.  He is tied for 6th in the MLB with 23 saves while playing for the lowly Padres.  Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has made the All-Star team, yet Street boasts better statistics in almost all categories aside from strikeouts.  While Chapman is an imposing figure on the mound at the end of the game, Street is more deserving for his performance this season and should be a member of the NL bullpen.


3)   Evan Gattis, C, Atlanta Braves

29 R, 16 HR, 39 RBI, 0 SB, .290 AVG

Yadier Molina is a very good catcher and has been one of the elite for quite a few years.  However, this year, he has not been as deserving of an NL All-Star spot. As of right now, Gattis and Molina have very similar statistics, save for a couple categories.  Evan has nearly 10 more rbi’s than Molina and more than double the number of home runs.  Gattis has slugged himself into the top tier catcher conversation and should have been given an All-Star nod.


4)   Anthony Rendon, 3B, Washington Nationals

60 R, 12 HR, 50 RBI, 8 SB, .286 AVG

My argument for Rendon is quite simple.  In comparison to starting NL third baseman Aramis Ramirez, his stats are simply better.  He has more than double the runs, one more home run, almost 10 more rbi’s, 5 more stolen bases, and the exact same batting average.  With that in mind, Rendon is clearly the more deserving candidate for the NL All-Star team.  Rendon is a final vote candidate to make the team, so make sure to go vote for him!


5)   Jake Arrieta, SP, Chicago Cubs

5 W, 74 K, 1.81 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 6 QS

A former top prospect with the Baltimore Orioles, Arrieta is now the ace of the Chicago Cubs.  Since becoming a staple in the rotation this season, he has been nothing but dominant.  While his statistics in counting stats are lower than most, that is simply because he has pitched fewer innings.  Regardless, he has amassed a higher WAR (2.4) than 4 of the selected NL starters.  Arrieta boasts a great 10.3 K/9, proving that he has just as much (or more) swing and miss ability as anyone on the roster.  Had Arrieta pitcher more innings, he would have been a lock to earn a spot on the team.

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Paul is a baseball fanatic who loves the Toronto Blue Jays! He has worked for the Yankees Double-A team, the Trenton Thunder and the now defunct London Rippers. Follow Paul on Twitter @pmawdsley23

  • B Ruby

    Seems as though much of your beef is with the fan vote, since Molina and Ramirez were fan vote leaders at their positions. Molina is the best defensive catcher in the NL, hands down. Ramirez is a key offensive guy for the team with the #1 record in the NL, and the fans around the NL approved him. (Milwaukee certainly didn’t stuff the ballot box, otherwise Lucroy would have been voted a starter.) As for Simon, he may pitch on Sunday, and if he does, any potential all-star selection would be moot…only window dressing. If Simon doesn’t pitch on Sunday, he might wind up replacing some other NL starter who is throwing for his team on Sunday. As for Arietta: the Cubs are in last place, and Starlin Castro is having a nice comeback season. The Cubs only get one rep under the circumstances. I’d rather have Tony Watson of the Pirates, who is a solid pick as a middle relief specialist. Street: like Simon, he may yet make the all-Star team when the starting pitchers who throw on the weekend bug out of the mid-summer classic. So hold your horses until the “final” roster is set.

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