Let’s face it; the Boston Red Sox have had a first half to forget. They have had a record below .500 for most of the season, with even some of their star players giving a mediocre performance. Despite the Red Sox poor play, every team has to have at least one All-Star representative. So who will represent Boston in the 85th MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis?
David Ortiz is probably everyone’s first guess when thinking of possible Red Sox All-Star representatives. He does have 17 home runs and 45 RBIs this season, but there are two reasons why Ortiz may not be selected to the All-Star team.
First, Baltimore Orioles’ DH Nelson Cruz leads Ortiz by more than 800,000 votes. If Ortiz were to be selected to baseball’s midsummer classic, he would likely have to be selected as a reserve by his peers and other managers.
The biggest reason Ortiz may not get selected is his batting average. He is currently hitting .248, which if the season ended today would be his lowest batting average since 2009 which, by the way, was the last time Ortiz wasn’t selected to the All-Star game.
Dustin Pedroia is also another player that usually finds himself playing in the All-Star game, but this year could be the exception. The second baseman has a .265 batting average with only four home runs and 27 RBIs.
Pedroia just isn’t hitting with the same power and pop that Red Sox fans have been accustomed to seeing over the years. Pedroia is not likely to start in the All-Star game as he is third in votes among second basemen. He trails Seattle Mariners Robinson Cano by 750,000 votes and 75,000 behind Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers for second place.
The Red Sox could have three pitchers selected to the All-Star Game. John Lackey has been the Red Sox best pitcher this season as he has an 8-4 record with a 2.96 ERA in 15 starts.
Burke Badenhop and Koji Uehara could also be selected by Red Sox and American League manager John Farrell. In 36 games, Badenhop has a 1.77 ERA, 1.25 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) and has only given up one home run in relief. Uehara has converted 15 of 16 save opportunities and has a 1.30 ERA in 34 games pitched.
When the All-Star teams are announced in less than two weeks, I expect Ortiz, Lackey and Uehara to be on the roster. Yes Ortiz’s average is down, but he has come up huge in clutch situation this season.
Lackey and Uehara have been the Red Sox most consistent pitchers in 2014. Despite the Red Sox below .500 record I would be surprised if the team didn’t have multiple representatives playing at Target Field on July 15.