The Morning Edition (July 5, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

 

From Last Night:

  • Mets and Dbacks each score once in the 13th and 14th before the Snakes win it in 15
  • Hamels looks great as he beats Cole and the Bucs
  • The A’s takes the Cubs in a 1-0 pitchers’ duel
  • Tampa beats the Astros in 11
  • Shields struggles, but the Royals storm the Indians with 10 in the final 3 innings to win
  • Quintana dominates, but Jones coughs it up for the Sox, only to walk off in the 9th

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Lee takes on the Braves (7p Eastern)
  • Zack Wheeler heads to Miller Park (8p Eastern)
  • Jacob Turner gets the Cards (8p Eastern)
  • Ryu and Cain out west (10p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Who will be named All-Stars as the voting closes last night at midnight?

The interesting one is going to be the AL 3B spot. Obviously, Cabrera is going in as the starter, but between the players and Leyland it’s hard to imagine more than 2 others getting in, three at most. Here are the candidates though:

Name PA HR R RBI AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ WAR
Miguel Cabrera 383 26 65 85 0.364 0.454 0.670 0.470 202 5.4
Evan Longoria 356 17 52 48 0.294 0.365 0.537 0.382 149 4.4
Manny Machado 392 6 53 42 0.319 0.349 0.481 0.359 125 4.2
Josh Donaldson 353 14 46 55 0.314 0.382 0.526 0.389 151 3.8
Kyle Seager 361 12 43 38 0.280 0.338 0.465 0.348 127 2.9
Adrian Beltre 354 15 47 43 0.299 0.339 0.494 0.358 121 2.2

Longoria and Machado are the most deserving overall, but Donaldson is the best overall hitter and no one really cares about defense when it comes to picking All-Stars. Plus Beltre has the name recognition and Seager should get some credit for being a great hitter on a terrible club. Third base in the AL is a deep spot. We’ll have more on the All-Star Selections as the happen.

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