All-Star selections were announced this afternoon and the Pittsburgh Pirates will have outfielder Andrew McCutchen and Joel Hanrahan representing the Steel City.
McCutchen, 25, enters game action today with 15 home runs, 51 RBI and 14 stolen bases. Despite being the only player in Major League Baseball with at least 15 homers, 50 RBI and 14 stolen bases this season, McCutchen was not named to the starting team. He did make the roster as a reserved, and with Matt Kemp on the disabled list, could take his spot as a starter. McCutchen has hit for an impressive .346/.401/.593 line over 74 games this season.
Hanrahan, 30, has notched 20 saves so far this season, while posting a 2.10 ERA. It’s his second straight All-Star selection. Hanrahan is one of just three pitchers in the Majors with at least 60 saves since the beginning of the 2011 campaign.
Both James McDonald and A.J. Burnett were snubbed from the All-Star team despite putting up All-Star worthy numbers.
McDonald, 27, is having an impressive season in which he’s posted a 2.44 ERA over 15 starts. He’s struck out 86 batters over 96.0 innings and has just an 0.98 WHIP. McDonald didn’t allow more than three earned runs in any of his first 14 starts of the season.
Burnett, 35, has been impressive for Pittsburgh since being acquired from New York. The right-hander has a 3.31 ERA over 13 starts. But if you take away his 12 run outing in St. Louis, Burnett has just a 2.05 ERA over his other 12 outings. Burnett became the first Pirates pitcher since Dock Ellis in 1974 to win eight straight starts his last trip to the mound.
Last season, the Pirates had three representatives — Andrew McCutchen, Joel Hanrahan and Kevin Correia. It marked the first time since 1990 that Pittsburgh sent three players to the All-Star game. In 1990, Bobby Bonilla, Barry Bonds and Neal Heaton represented the Pirates.
Whats ridiculous is that Larssa is the manager of the NL team
It looks like Cutch has two chances to be in the starting lineup. They have to have a DH, which LaRussa will select, and starter Matt Kemp is injured and unlikely to play. Andrew is currently rated as the number one outfielder in baseball by ESPN’s Player ranking.
It would look ridiculous for LaRussa to pick any other outfielder besides McCutchen to replace Kemp in the starting lineup.
The fan vote is a joke. It’s just a self fulfilling prophecy of what the biggest markets are.
McDonald not on the team? He was robbed!