The National League Central is the best division in all of baseball. With the all-star game approaching, players from the division fill the roster, but many players having outstanding years were left off, too. Here is a look at the biggest all-star snubs in the division.
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Jake Arrieta-Chicago Cubs
Although Jon Lester was the big piece brought to Chicago this winter, Arrieta has been the best part of the team’s rotation. Proving that last season was not a fluke, Arrieta has been outstanding all year. Currently he is 10th in the league in ERA and seventh in WHIP. At 8-5, he has been a big reason why the Cubs have been able to stay in the race.
Johnny Cuteo-Cincinnati Reds
It is hard to picture an all-star game without Clayton Kershaw or Cueto, but currently that is how the National League roster looks. Though Cueto is a final vote candidate, it makes no sense that he is not on the roster. Though he is just 5-5, he boasts a 2.84 ERA and many of his losses have come when he has shut his opponents down and his team has failed to score. As one of the best pitchers on the planet, there should have been a spot for him.
Ryan Braun-Milwaukee Brewers
Earlier in the week, I made the case that injuries should open the door for Braun to start in the all-star game. Not only is Braun not starting, but he is not on the roster. After a down year last year, Braun has solidified himself as one of the game’s best outfielders as he is among positional leaders in almost every offensive category. His overall numbers are much better than many of the other outfielders on the roster.
Starling Marte-Pittsburgh Pirates
Speaking of outfielders who deserved a spot, Pittsburgh’s Marte should have been on the roster as well. Though he started out cold to begin the year, Marte is now batting .281 and is among home run leaders with 13. As a plus defender in the outfield, Marte was overlooked.
Kolten Wong-St. Louis Cardinals
Not only is Wong a great defender at second base, but he also tied for the positional lead in the NL for home runs, RBI’s and runs scored. Though he is just 24-years-old and in only his second full season, he is becoming one of the toughest outs in the Cardinals’ lineup.