MLB All Stars 2019



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All Star Voting Selection Finals and Halfway Point in MLB Season 2019

 


By Uppercut Magazine staff


It’s official. Here are the winners of the fans vote for the Major League Baseball All Star team for 2019. The game will take place on July 9, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.

A few last minute votes changed the outcome for a few position [layers including the outfield debate between Houston Astro Michael Brantley and New York Yankee Aaron Judge. Thankfully, the voters finally shoved out Judge who was injured for most of the season so far and just recently returned. Brantley apparently received a lot of votes from his old fans in Cleveland plus those from his new home Houston.

Another rather close race saw Freddie Freeman of Atlanta beat out Pirate first baseman Josh Bell in a battle between two excellent hitters.

Here are the winners:

Catcher

AL Gary Sanchez N.Y. Yankees

NL Willson Contreras Chi. Cubs

 

1st base

AL Carlos Santana Cleve. Indians

NL Freddie Freeman Atl. Braves

 

2nd base

AL DJ LeMahieu N.Y. Yankees

NL Ketel Marte Ariz. D-Backs

 

3rd base

AL Alex Bregman Hou. Astros

NL Nolan Arenado Col. Rockies

 

Shortstop

AL Jorge Polanco Minn. Twins

NL Javier Baez Chi. Cubs

 

Outfield

AL

Mike Trout LA Angels

George Springer Hou. Astros

Michael Brantley Clev. Indians he eked out NY Yankee Aaron Judge on the last day.

 

NL

Christian Yelich Milw. Brewers

Cody Bellinger L.A. Dodgers

Ronald Acuna Atl. Braves

 

DH

Hunter Pence Texas Rangers

 

The rest of the All Star teams will be revealed on Sunday morning at 5:30 p.m. ET and selected by the player’s ballots and the MLB Commissioners Office. Each club must be represented by at least one selection.

The actual managers pick the starting pitchers for their respective team.

 

 

 

Midway

We’ve reached the halfway point in the marathon that is Major League Baseball’s season 2019.

Leading the pack are a few of the usual suspects but the boss of bosses at this juncture is the Los Angeles Dodgers organization with 55 wins and 26 losses. They were also the first MLB team to reach 50 wins, 40 wins, 30 wins and 20 wins. Can they keep up this heady pace?

A number of factors have led the Dodgers success including the ability to out-score opponents. At the moment the team from Chavez Ravine has 131 more runs than their opponents. The closest to them in out-scoring the opposition is the Minnesota Twins with 110 more runs than their foes.

Pitching always dominates and with this year’s success Hyun-Jin Ryu has led the Dodger rotation with spectacular pitching. The southpaw has been downright stingy when it comes to allowing runs. Others contributing heavily are Kenta Maeda, Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and Rich Hill who just recently headed to the injury list and will be out for an undetermined amount of time.

Hitting-wise the Dodgers do it with one of the deepest roster of players that can inter-change positions with ease. No one on its rosters plays one position though Justin Turner seems to be the only one the team designates as primarily a third baseman. He is capable of playing second base.

Offensively the Dodgers are led by Cody Bellinger who leads the league in batting average at .353 with 25 homers and 62 RBIs at this point. He’s also one of the best outfielders in baseball in a team that seems to have rebounded from a poor defensive team to one of the best.

A number of rookies are contributing to the Dodger success including Alex Verdugo who currently boasts a .303 batting average along with infielder Matt Beaty and catcher Will Smith contributing. All three recently hit back-to-back-to-back walk-off home runs. It established a Major League record. What are the odds of that happening again?

 

Others

Minnesota seems to be the surprise of all of baseball with its eight game lead over perennial favorite Cleveland.

Like the Dodgers, the Twins do it with pitching and a lot of hitting power.

Pitching stars for the Twins are Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi and Michael Pineda have kept the team in every game and the pickup of pitching relief such as Blake Parker has kept them as a force.

Hitting-wise the addition of Nelson Cruz seemed to bump start the team into powering baseballs out of the stadium. Though Cruz was injured for a while his presence seemed to inspire confidence into the young power hitters like Eddie Rosario who has 20 homers and 59 RBIs at this point of the season. Others like CJ Cron and Jorge Polanco are doing what they do best and hitting with gusto.

Other leaders in their respective divisions are the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Houston Astros.

None of those teams are surprisingly leading their divisions but it’s far too early to call them locks. Anything can happen in the second half of the season especially as the temperatures soar in the heat of summer. Injuries are the most important factor and fatigue sets in late in August. Young teams loaded with rookies seem to suffer because of players not accustomed to playing long seasons.

 

 

  

 

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