Voting started this week for the All-Star Game. Which Milwaukee Brewers deserve to go to Miami in July? There’s still a lot of time between now and when voting ends, but let’s take a look at the Brewers on the ballot and see if they’ll stay relevant heading into the mid-summer classic.
Which Milwaukee Brewers are most likely to be voted into the starting lineup or added after? We’ve got a few ideas, complete with odds.
Eric Thames, First Baseman,
Odds of starting: 4-1, Odds of ASG: 3-2
Eric Thames and Freddie Freeman are the top two options from a pure numbers standpoint, but Cubs fans are known to stuff the ballot box. Anthony Rizzo is off to a painfully slow start with a .224/.353/.416 slash line, and is still likely the favorite to start in the midsummer classic. Thames is easily the front runner for the Milwaukee Brewers to make the All-Star Game.
Jonathan Villar, Second Baseman,
Odds of starting:10-1, Odds of ASG: 40-1
Jonathan Villar is also off to a slow start, but second base in the National League is very thin. Only Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu, and Daniel Murphy are blocking Villar’s path to a starting role. Well, that and Villar’s .197/.254/.318 slash line. A solid week or two would put Villar back in the conversation.
Orlando Arcia, Shortstop,
Odds of starting: 100-1, Odds of ASG: 200-1
No one outside of Milwaukee knows who Orlando Arcia is, and those in Milwaukee will see his .216/.262/.371 slash line and can’t tick the box next to his name.
Travis Shaw, Third Baseman,
Odds of starting: 90-1, Odds of ASG: 100-1
Third base in the National League is insane. Even if Travis Shaw put up Thames-level numbers, he could still miss out with the popular vote going to Nolan Arenado or Kris Bryant, and the bench role likely claimed by Jake Lamb, Eugenio Suarez, or Anthony Rendon. It’s a tough spot because Shaw is actually putting together a very solid first half.
Jett Bandy, Catcher,
Odds of starting: 250-1, Odds of ASG: 200-1
Does Buster Posey still exist? Bandy ain’t making it.
Keon Broxton & Domingo Santana, Outfield,
Odds of Starting: 180-1, Odds of ASG: 150-1
Ryan Braun, Outfielder,
Odds of Starting: 30-1, Odds of ASG: 15-1
Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton are locks at this point. Harper is Harper and the All-Star Game is in Miami. Oh, both are also enjoying an excellent first half. That leaves one open spot in the National League outfield. Charlie Blackmon and Adam Duvall likely have the inside track based on numbers alone, but Ryan Braun
has name recognition in his favor, for better or worse. He’s also put together a solid first half. It really depends on how bad his forearm injury is and if he can bounce back quickly. Miss any more time, and he might miss out on a trip to Miami in July.
All-Star voting is open. Let’s vote early. Vote often. And help Eric Thames and Ryan Braun represent the Milwaukee Brewers in Miami!