Predicting the 2017 National League All-Star Roster

Predicting the 2017 National League All-Star Roster

With the All-Star Game rosters just a week away from being announced, I predict which stars from the National League make the cut this year.  I’ll post my American League predictions later today.  With these predictions, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Each team must have at least one representative.
  • The roster will be balanced.  Unfortunately, five first basemen can’t make the team.

Starters

Catcher: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

First Base: Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

Second Base: Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals

Third Base: Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

Shortstop: Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds

Outfielders: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals; Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies; Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins

All of my predicted starters currently lead the voting at their respective positions, except for Rizzo.  Undoubtedly, Ryan Zimmerman has had the best season among first basemen in the Senior Circuit, but a late voting push will land Rizzo the starting job.

Reserves

J.T. Realmuto, Ryan Zimmerman, Paul Goldschmidt, Justin Turner, Nolan Arenado, Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Aaron Altherr, Michael Conforto

There were quite a few snubs here, mostly due to the rule stating each team must have one representative.  Travis Shaw, Giancarlo Stanton, Joey Votto, and Josh Harrison were all very deserving of a spot here.  However, Aaron Altherr wins a place on the team because he’s been the only player on the Phillies worthy of the honor.

Pitchers

Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Carlos Martinez, Greg Holland, Kenley Jansen, Brad Hand, Chase Anderson, Ivan Nova

Brad Hand is the only surprise here.  Hand has been efficient as the Padres’ closer, whereas nobody else on the team has been productive enough to make the roster.  Scherzer is the pick to start the game, as he may very well be on his way to another Cy Young Award.

Line-Up:

Charlie Blackmon, CF

Kris Bryant, 3B

Bryce Harper, RF

Ryan Zimmerman, DH

Anthony Rizzo, 1B

Daniel Murphy, 2B

Buster Posey, C

Marcell Ozuna, LF

Zack Cozart, SS

 

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