The full MLB All-Star rosters were released on Sunday afternoon, and it was announced that Matt Barnes, Nate Eovaldi, and J.D. Martinez will be joining All-Star starters Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers in Denver for the game on July 13th. Boston will be heavily represented in Denver, as their five All-Stars are the most by any team. All five of these players have played a crucial role in the Red Sox success this season, but just how good have they been for the Red Sox?
Bogaerts has been the MVP of the Sox season so far, and if Shohei Ohtani and Vladimir Guerrero weren’t having the ridiculous seasons they are, X-man could have possibly been a front runner for AL MVP. This will be Bogaerts’ third All-Star appearance, and his second as a starter. At the mid-way point of the season, the 2021 season is shaping up to be one of the best of Bogaerts’ career. Xander currently sits at fourth in the league in batting average, hitting .326. Boagerts is also tied for the league in doubles with 25, and his .928 OPS is also good for 12th in the league. Per usual, defense has been a big part of Xander’s game, and he has been great in the field. It’s no question Boagerts has been the best short-stop in American League and his spot as an All-Star starter is well deserved.
2021 will be Rafael Devers’ first career All-Star game appearance and he will do it as a starter. Like Bogaerts, 2021 is shaping up to be one of the best statistical seasons of Rafael Devers’ career. Devers currently sits second in the MLB in RBIs, with 68, just one behind Vladimir Guerrero for the league lead. Devers also has hit 20 home runs, which is good for seventh most in the MLB. The 24 year-old has a 56.1 Hard Hit %, which is in the top 3% in major league baseball. Along with his teammate on the left-side of the diamond, Devers has 25 doubles on the season. That number is tied for the league lead. Also like Bogaerts, Devers has been the best in the American League at his position, and his spot as a starter on All-Star weekend is well deserved.
This will be the first All-Star appearance in Nathan Eovaldi’s career. The 2018 World Series hero has been quite impressive for the Red Sox this season. Evoladi has stepped up big for as the ace of the Red Sox, posting a 7-4 record, which is fourth best in the majors. Eovaldi also leads the league in home runs per nine innings pitched, allowing just four on the season. Eovaldi has struck out 90 batters, with a 3.41 ERA, and a 1.20 WHIP. He also leads the team in innings pitched with 97 ⅔, taking pressure off the bullpen. Eovaldi has also done a great job limiting walking batters, which has been a problem for the Red Sox at points this season. Nathan’s walk rate is 4.7%, which is in the top six percentile of the league.
After seven seasons with the Red Sox, Matt Barnes is heading to his first All-Star game. 2021 has far and away been the best season of Matt Barnes’ career. Barnes has 19 saves, which is seventh most in the league, a 2.68 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, and 62 strikeouts. His expected average (XBA) is just 1.55, which is in the top 1%, and his strikeout rate is 45.5%, which is also in the top 1% of the league. Barnes’ whiff rate is also among the top in the league. The best aspect of Barnes’ game this season has been his strikeout ability, as shown by his numbers. Barnes’ emergence has been huge for the Red Sox. They have lacked a closer since Craig Kimbrell’s departure, which has been a big problem for their bullpen.
The 2021 All-Star game will be J.D.’s fourth career All-Star appearance and his third with the Red Sox. He will be representing the Red Sox as a reserve at DH behind Angels’ superstar Shohei Ohtani. J.D. has bounced back exceptionally well after a rough 2020 campaign. J.D. is currently batting .303 which is 12th in the MLB, with 56 RBIs which tied for ninth in the majors. Martinez has also posted a .920 OPS which is 13th in the MLB. Martinez has more than doubled his home run total from 2020, with 17, and he has 21 doubles to go along with the home runs. J.D. was the last piece needed to send the 3-5 batters in the Red Sox lineup to Denver, which is pretty impressive.