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All-Star Reserves Predictions

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Wow, two entries in one week? I'm gonna need an extended vacation after exhausting myself like this.

 

Next Sunday the All-Star Game reserves will be selected for this year's extra special, Yankee Stadium Circle Jerk All-Star Game presented by FOX. And hey it counts or something. I originally intended on picking my own All-Star team using all that stat geek crap I typically use but that was going to take longer than I wanted so instead I decided to make predictions for All-Star reserves primarily relying on those Joe Morgan friendly stats (AVG, HR, RBI, Wins, ERA, Saves). Player balloting will be going on this week for picking the reserves so doubt too much of what happens this week will effect the results.

 

Here are the current vote leaders in the fan balloting as of this past week:

 

American League

 

C: Joe Mauer, Twins

1B: Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox

2B: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox

3B: Alex Rodriguez, Yankees

SS: Derek Jeter, Yankees

OF: Manny Ramirez, Red Sox; Josh Hamilton, Rangers; Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners

 

Only race in doubt is at catcher as Mauer tries to hold off Jason Varitek (really, Red Sox fans?).

 

National League

 

C: Geovany Soto, Cubs

1B: Lance Berkman, Astros

2B: Chase Utley, Phillies

3B: Chipper Jones, Braves

SS: Hanley Ramirez, Marlins

OF: Alfonso Soriano, Cubs; Kosuke Fukudome, Cubs; Ken Griffey Jr., Reds

 

The one race that appears to be coming down to the wire is at shortstop as Ramirez and Miguel Tejada are locked in a tight battle. Outside chance Ryan Braun will slip into the final outfield spot. Now on to my predictions.

 

My A.L. Reserves Predictions

 

C: A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox

1B: Justin Morneau, Twins

2B: Ian Kinsler, Rangers; Brian Roberts, Orioles

3B: Mike Lowell, Red Sox

SS: Michael Young, Rangers

OF: Magglio Ordonez, Tigers; Carlos Quentin, White Sox; Vladimir Guerrero, Angels; Jermaine Dye, White Sox

DH: Hideki Matsui, Yankees

 

SP: Cliff Lee, Indians; Joe Saunders, Angels; Mike Mussina, Yankees; Vicente Padilla, Rangers; Justin Duchscherer, Athletics; Scott Kazmir, Rays; Roy Halladay, Blue Jays

RP: Francisco Rodriguez, Angels; Mariano Rivera Yankees; Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox; Joe Nathan, Twins; Joakim Soria, Royals

 

My N.L. Reserves Predictions

 

C: Brian McCann, Braves; Russell Martin, Dodgers

1B: Albert Pujols, Cardinals; Adrian Gonzalez, Padres

2B: Dan Uggla, Marlins

3B: David Wright Mets; Aramis Ramirez, Cubs

SS: Jose Reyes, Mets

OF: Ryan Braun, Brewers; Pat Burrell, Phillies; Carlos Lee, Astros; Xavier Nady, Pirates

 

SP: Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks; Edinson Volquez, Reds; Ben Sheets, Brewers; Aaron Cook, Rockies; Ryan Dempster, Cubs; Tim Lincecum, Giants; Carlos Zambrano, Cubs; Kyle Lohse, Cardinals

RP: Brad Lidge, Phillies; Billy Wagner, Mets; Kerry Wood, Cubs; Jon Rauch, Nationals

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I don't like the fact that the Yankess will host the all-star game this year, and almost certainly host it again in a few years in the new stadium.

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What a joke The All Star Game has become over the last several years. Ken Griffey Jr. gets voted in to start for The N.L. in the outfield while sporting a hefty .237 batting average? Please.

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