The rosters for the 2017 MLB All Star Game were announced Sunday night on ESPN, and while there were plenty of deserving players selected, there were a handful who got overlooked by both the fans and the managers for both leagues.
Wood is having a career year for the Dodgers, as he is 9-0 with a 1.83 ERA and a WHIP under 1.
The only knock on Wood not making the team is his lack of innings. Wood, who has started twelve games this year and relieved in two, has only pitched 73.2 innings. Yet, in the innings that Wood has pitched, he has done an excellent job and deserves to be an All Star.
Like Wood, Logan Morrison is having a career year in Tampa. Morrison leads American League first basemen in home runs (24), RBIs (57), WAR(2.7), and walks (47).
LoMo has been a vital part of the Rays lineup, and he should be rewarded with a trip to Miami.
Rivero has been the best arm out of the Pirates bullpen, with an ERA of 0.82. Rivero is a nasty lefty whose arm slot is similar to Andrew Miller. Rivero’s fastball can run all the way up to 99 MPH, and he has a devastating slider to keep hitters off balance. Rivero can work multiple innings and still be effective, and there is no reason why he should not be an All Star.
Gonzalez is quietly having one of the best years out of anyone in the majors. Gonzalez has the third best ERA in the National League at 2.77 while also racking up seven wins.
The problem for Gio is that when you think of starting pitchers on the Nationals, you think of Max Scherzer and Steven Strasburg. Although Gonzalez has better numbers than Strasburg, Joe Maddon selected Strasburg over Gonzalez.
Realmuto is statistically having one of the best years amongst NL catchers both offensively and defensively. For qualified catchers, Realmuto is 2nd in average, walks, hits, and stolen bases, as well as leading catchers in fielding percentage.
Since his numbers are at the top for all catchers, Realmuto deserves to represent the Marlins in the All Star Game.