May 20, 2022

Predicting the National League All-Star reserves

On Sunday, the starters for both leagues in the 2015 All-Star Game were announced, and Bryce Harper was the only Washington Nationals player to appear on the list of starters. Who else from the team could join him?

The best bets are starter Max Scherzer — who’s a lock after the run he’s had lately — and Drew Storen, who’s been the anchor of a maligned but improving bullpen. But Storen’s no lock, not with the rule that a player has to be taken from each team. Even bad teams have good closers.

The roster is comprised of 34 players, so here’s my guess as to how it’ll all shake out.

The Starters

OF: Harper, Giancarlo Stanton (MIA)*, Matt Holliday (STL)**
3B: Todd Frazier (CIN)
SS: Jhonny Peralta (STL)
2B: Dee Gordon (MIA)
1B: Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)
C: Buster Posey (SFG)

*indicates DL, will not play.
**indicates DL, may play.

The Reserves

OF: Andrew McCutchen (PIT), Starling Marte (PIT). Joc Pederson (LAD), Ryan Braun (MIL)
3B: Nolan Arenado (COL), Kris Bryant (CHC), Mikael Franco (PHI)
SS: Brandon Crawford (SFG), Troy Tulowitzki (COL)
2B: Kolton Wong (STL), Joe Panik (SFG)
1B: Anthony Rizzo (CHC), Adrian Gonzalez (LAD)
C: Derek Norris (SDP), Miguel Montero (CHC)

The Pitchers

Starters: Max Scherzer (WAS), Zack Greinke (LAD), Gerrit Cole (PIT), Jacob deGrom (NYM), Michael Wacha (STL), Jake Arrieta (CHC), Madison Bumgarner (SFG), Carlos Martinez (STL).

Relievers: Drew Storen (WAS), Mark Melancon (PIT), Aroldis Chapman (CIN), Jason Grilli (ATL).

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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