Battle of the Beltways: All Star Selection

DC Sports Nexus ---- Sunday, July 1, 2012

In this addition of our review of local baseball we are talking allstars.  Without doing any actual research it is safe to say this all star game will have the highest concentration of Orioles and Nationals players ever.  So lets take a look at who made the cut and who got snubbed.

  • Jim Johnson: Closer, 23 saves, 1.30 ERA.
  • Adam Jones: Centerfield, .300, 19 HR, 41 RBIs.
  • Matt Wieters: Catcher, .249, 11 HR, 38 RBIs, 36% throwing out baserunners.
  • Gio Gonzalez:  10-3, 2.78 ERA, 108 Ks, 3 HR surrendered.
  • Stephen Strasburg: 9-3, 2.81 ERA, 122 Ks.
  • Ian Desmond:  .276, 13 HR, 43 RBIs.
No surprisingly there were no Orioles or Nationals voted into the starting lineup in the fan vote.

However, fear not!  There is still a chance to vote in a player from each team in the final fan vote!  Take a look at how they stack up against their biggest competition...

NL Final Vote:
  • Bryce Harper:  .274, 8 HR, 22 RBIs, one of the biggest stories in baseball right now.
  • Chipper Jones:  .291, 6 HR, 28 RBIs, probably playing his last of 19 seasons.
AL Final Vote: 
  • Jason Hammel:  8-3, 3.29 ERA, 89 Ks, best pitcher on the surprisingly good Orioles.
  • Yu Darvish:  10-4, 3.57 ERA, 106 Ks, first year in the majors after pitching in Japan. 

Finally onto everybody's favorite part of any all star game....the snubs!  This is who I think should of made the team from each club:

  • Tyler Clippard: 13 saves, 1.89 ERA.
  • Someone else from the O's Bullpen...
With the Orioles, there wasn't really any one guy I felt deserved to get in that didn't.  If I had to make a case for someone, I'd go with any number of guys from their bullpen, which has been among the best in baseball.

The biggest snub, in my opinion, from the Nats is T-clip.  He has 5 less saves than Papelbon and a better ERA (Pap's is 3.03).  Keep in mind Clip's not had the closer job all season.

 So let me know what you think about our local all stars in the comments or on twitter @dru90


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