December 15, 2017

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).

Washington Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann earns All-Star status

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was named to the National League All-Star team Sunday. He was voted to the team as a result of the players’ ballot. Second baseman Anthony Rendon was named one of the “final five” to be voted on by the fans.

Zimmermann will make his second All-Star game appearance, having gone to the game in 2013.

Zimmermann, 28, is 6-4 with a 2.95 ERA and 1.186 WHIP this season. He has struck out 7.9 per nine innings against 1.6 walks per nine and has allowed just six home runs in 103 2/3 innings.

Rendon, 24, is hitting .286/.343/.489 with 12 homers and 50 RBIs in 82 games. The others on the final vote ballot are Anthony Rizzo (CHC), Justin Morneau (COL), Casey McGehee (MIA) and Justin Upton (ATL).

 

NATS: Bryce Harper will compete in Home Run Derby

New York Mets Captain David Wright selected Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper to participate in the National League Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game along with Colorado Rockies teammates Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer.

Gonzalez leads the National League with 24 home runs, while Cuddyer has 15 on the year and the 20-year-old Harper and Captain Wright each have 13.

The 2013 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 15.

Bryce Harper sporting his fantastic stirrups (1st inning) - Atlanta Braves v. Washington Nationals, 8/22/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Bryce Harper sporting his fantastic stirrups (1st inning) – Atlanta Braves v. Washington Nationals, 8/22/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

NATS: Vote for Ian Desmond! #DesiIn13

The Deadline is quickly approaching so get voting! Deadline is this, Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Vote Ian Desmond in the 2013 All-Star Game Final Man Vote! VOTE HERE. Or text N1 to 89269.
***There is no limit to the number of votes.***

Desmond All-Star Final Vote Logo

 

SOCIAL MEDIA:
From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag (#DesiIn13) will be tabulated as part of the overall vote total used to determine the AL and NL winners. Fans may follow @MLB on the popular social networking service for the latest standings updates in advance of the 4 p.m. ET balloting deadline.

Washington Nationals send Harper, Zimmermann to MLB All-Star Game

Major League Baseball announced the players selected to play in the 2013 All-Star Game, to be played at Citifield, Queens, New York Tuesday, July 16.

The Washington Nationals will be represented in the starting lineup by Bryce Harper, the youngest All-Star since Ken Griffey, Jr. in 1990. He will be joined by starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann. Harper was elected by the fan vote.

Harper missed over a month with an injured right knee, but he overtook Justin Upton in the final fan balloting to earn a spot in the N.L. outfield alongside the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez and the Cardinals’ Carlos Beltran.

Ian Desmond was left off the N.L. team as shortstop reserves Jean Segura of Milwaukee and Everth Cabrera of the Padres were those teams’ sole representatives.

Desmond will be part of the N.L. final vote, along with Freddie Freeman of Atlanta, Adrian Gonzalez from the Dodgers, Hunter Pence of the Phillies and Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers.

 

NATS: Vote Washington Nationals for 2013 All-Stars

The 2013 MLB All-Star Game will be held at CitiField in New York City on July 16, 2013.

2013 All-Star Game Logo

Fans can cast their votes up to 25 times at MLB.com until Thursday, July 4 at 11:59 p.m. ET to make Nationals like Bryce Harper, Denard Span, Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa, Ian Desmond, Adam LaRoche, Wilson Ramos and Jayson Werth All-Star starters.

NATS/CHIEFS: Corey Brown, Carlos Rivero Named to International League Post-Season All-Star Team

Outfielder Corey Brown at Nationals Park in September 2011 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce that outfielder Corey Brown and third baseman Carlos Rivero have been named to the International League Post-Season All-Star Team for 2012.

Brown, 26, has excelled in his second season with Syracuse. He currently ranks among the league leaders in several offensive categories. Brown is second in the International League in runs scored (77), triples (8) and total bases (238), while placing third in slugging percentage (.516), fourth in extra-base hits (53) and fifth in home runs (23). He also leads the Chiefs in each of those categories. Additionally, Brown has stolen 17 bases in 24 attempts, giving him the second-most steals by a Syracuse player this season. He becomes the first Post-Season All-Star outfielder for the Chiefs since John-Ford Griffin in 2005. Brown was also named as a starter to the International League’s Mid-Season All-Star team.

Rivero, 24, has shined in his first season with the Chiefs. His .307 batting average is good for fifth place in the International League, and he’s currently tied for third place in the league with 135 hits. Rivero, who has played third base, shortstop and first base for Syracuse, has hit .342 after the All-Star Break, the third-highest mark after the break in the International League. He’s the first Syracuse third baseman to be named a Post-Season All-Star since Kelly Gruber in 1985. Rivero was also one of four Chiefs to be named a Mid-Season All-Star in the International League.

The Chiefs are currently in the middle of a nine-game road trip, with three games remaining at Charlotte and one at Lehigh Valley. Syracuse will return home on Saturday, September 1st, to begin a two-game series with the Rochester Red Wings at 7:00. The Chiefs’ final fireworks show of the season will take place after the game.

NATS/P-NATS: Potomac Nationals All-Star Game Jerseys Up for Auction


Want the opportunity to purchase a Potomac Nationals 2012 All-Star jersey? Well now you have the chance! P-Nat All-Stars David Freitas and Rob Wort are having their All-Star Game jerseys auctioned off until Monday, July 16, 2012.

All you have to do is click on the links for your chance to bid on David Freitas or Rob Wort‘s 2012 Carolina League All-Star jersey!

 

Photos: Bryce Harper gets his All-Star jersey

Prior to the Washington Nationals game against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, July 8, Nationals Bryce Harper was presented with his All-Star jersey for the 2012 All-Star game in Kansas City on Tuesday. Harper replaced Miami Marlins Giancarlo Stanton, who had knee surgery on Sunday.

Nationals Ian Desmond, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez were presented with their 2012 All-Star jerseys before Friday’s game. It was announced on Saturday that Desmond withdrew himself from the mid-summer classic to rest for the second half. Desmond has been nursing an oblique strain for nearly a month.

Congratulations to the Nats All-Stars and best of luck in KC!

Nationals Bryce Harper with his 2012 All-Star jersey before the game. – Colorado Rockies v. Washington Nationals, 7/08/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page) [Read more…]

Bryce Harper’s All-Star selection more about t-shirts and ratings than performance

Nats CF Bryce Harper robs Yankees Mark Teixeira of extra-bases earlier this season. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

It’s a great story. A rookie — even young for a rookie — taking his league by storm. Already, at such a tender age, maybe the most complete offensive and defensive player on his team, which includes several All-Stars still in their primes. In the top five in his league in WAR, Batting Average, OBP and OPS. Now, in his first full season in the Major Leagues, he’s headed to the biggest in-season showcase the game has: The All-Star Game. [Read more…]

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