The MLB All-Star game is just under a month away as teams are nearing the halfway point of the season. The Milwaukee Brewers have had a lackluster season up to this point but will have an All-Star representative by default, as all teams are represented in the mid-season classic.
Given the latest polls, it doesn’t appear that any player from the Brewers will be voted in as a starter, so they will have a player named to the team. I will make a case for some of the Brewers players that I feel are the most deserving of representing the Brewers in the game.
Braun has represented the Brewers in the All-Star game in 5 seasons, coming consecutively from 2008-2012. He is the only Brewer that is represented in the All-Star balloting update, coming in at 13th among outfielders. As of Monday’s games, Braun ranks 8th in the National League with 13 home runs and 4th among outfielders. His 41 RBI are tied for 7th in the National League and tied for 4th among outfielders. He owns a career .304 batting average but with his ailing thumb, he is only hitting .261 this season.
This season has been a tough one so far, but imagine how much worse it would be without Adam Lind in the middle of the order. Lind has a .287 batting average on the season, up from his career average of .274, which ranks 28th in the National League, and 7th among first baseman. He has 9 home runs, which ranks 8th among first baseman, and 33 RBI which ranks 7th. He also has a 1.4 WAR which ranks 8th among first baseman and shows his true value to the club.
After a disappointing 2014 season, Segura has bounced back this season to put up some decent numbers. He has a .285 batting average which is 4th among shortstops in the National League. He has 3 home runs and 17 RBI which both rank him in the top 10 among shortstops and leads all National League shortstops with 8 stolen bases. His OPS of .711 ranks him 6th among shortstops and his 0.8 WAR ranks 8th. It’s been really nice to see Segura regain some of the form that he showed in his rookie campaign.
Rodriguez hasn’t had a lot of opportunities for saves out of the bullpen, but when his number is called, he has been lights out. He has 13 saves, which ranks him 8th in the National League, but has the most saves without a blown save. His ERA of 1.13 and WHIP of 0.79 are very impressive but if you subtract his non-save situations, the numbers look much more spectacular. In his 13 save opportunities, he has 13 innings pitched, giving up 7 hits, 2 walks, and 0 runs, while striking out 11 hitters.
So, what is your opinion of who should represent the Brewers in the All-Star game? Is it one of the players listed above, or will someone else get the nod? Cast your vote below and check back to see the updated tally.