One of the annual by-products of the publication Major League Baseball All-Star Game Listings List of lists of All-Star snubs. And let’s not let 2022 disappoint, so let’s take a look at the players who see themselves — at least at this point — on the outside, even if they make a compelling case for a move to Dodger Stadium.
If injury replacements can take some of the sting out, a Bryce Harbor, who is still listed as the NL starter at DH even though he’s injured, can’t go. We know William Contreras will earn his spot as a starter, but there’s still an open roster spot.
However, these are the players with the biggest grip as of Sunday evening.
de France, Marines
A wrist injury has hampered France a bit lately, but he’s back and hitting .306/.379/.460 with 15 doubles, 10 homers and 45 RBI in 74 games this season.
Anthony Rizzo, Yankees
The low batting average will turn many off, but Rizzo is among the league leaders with 22 homers and 54 RBI, while being one of the main offensive forces for the best team in baseball.
Corey Seager, Rangers
A .245 average and .317 on-base percentage are not on the team, but Seager has hit 19 home runs.
Trevor Story, Red socks
He’s worse than Seager in average and OBP, but Story has scored 55 runs, scored 46 times, homered 15 times and stolen 10 bases.
J.T. Martinez, Red Sox
Not near the power he used to, but Martinez has reinvented himself as a batting average guy and is incredibly productive, hitting .312/.380/.486.
Kevin Gausman, Blue Jays
Through 16 starts, Gausman has a 2.86 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 88 innings.
Robbie Ray, Marines
Ray is back in ace form, but it’s too late to be considered strong. Workhorse leads the AL in innings pitched and batters faced. In his last six starts, he has a 0.91 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings.
Logan Gilbert, Marines
Hey, we can still use the log, right? Gilbert 10-3! He has a 2.80 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 100 strikeouts in 106 innings.
dylan cheese, White socks
Walks should have done it. Seas leads the majors with 43 free passes allowed. He has struck out 133 in 92 innings and has a 2.45 ERA (161 ERA+).
Michael King, Yankees
He was very valuable to the Yankees in a multi-inning role, especially since they lost Chad green per year. In 20 outings, King has pitched to a 2.33 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 62 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings.
Josh Bell, nationals
It only makes sense to get one player into the Notts squad. It makes sense that that player is Juan Soto. Bell is hitting .304/.386/.491 with 19 doubles, two triples, 12 homers, 47 RBI and 44 runs scored. He had a big case.
Freddie Freeman, Cheaters
Part of the problem with Bell and Freeman was overcrowding The Rockies A representative was needed and CJ Gran was their best choice. Freddie Freeman is having another Freddie Freeman season, though, slashing .304/.381/.494 with 11 homers and 54 RBI. He was very important in the Dodgers lineup as they dealt with injuries and some disappointing performances.
Austin Riley, Brave people
He’s hitting .282 with 23 home runs and 56 RBI, which is pretty high these days. Tough crowd, right?
Francis Lindor, met
A .239/.316/.421 slash isn’t very impressive, but Lindor is a statistical monster with 15 homers, 60 RBI, 50 runs and nine steals.
Brandon Drury, Red
I thought the Reds’ representative was Drury, but instead it was starter Luis Castillo. Drury is a 29-year-old journeyman who is hitting .277/.333/.540 with 18 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs, 50 RBI and 53 runs scored. He would have been a good story.
Brian Reynolds, Pirates
We’ll be hearing his name a lot in the coming weeks as a trade candidate. If the Pirates end up dealing him, some team is going to get a completely underrated star. A slow start was the culprit here, but he was one of the best players in the league in June and July.
Aaron Nola and Zach Wheeler, Phillies
Nola has been one of the top relievers in the league, compiling 111 1/3 innings. He struck out 120 against 14 accidental walks with a 3.15 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. Wheeler is 8-4 with a 2.46 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 104 strikeouts in 95 innings. It was a pair of aces for the Phillies, but both stopped here.
Carlos Rodan, Giants
Through 17 starts, he has a 2.70 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 124 strikeouts against 32 walks in 100 innings. His 2.13 FIP leads the NL.
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