The Atlanta Braves representatives in Arizona will be,
RHP – Jair Jurrjens
LHP – Jonny Venters
RHP – Craig Kimbrel*
C – Brian McCann
3B – Chipper Jones*
Atlanta has five players in total making this years All-Star team. The three pitchers are all making their All-Star debuts. Craig Kimbrel is a replacement for Matt Cain who pitched on Sunday making him ineligible to pitch in the game. Kimbrel is deserving of this All-Star addition after leading the league in saves with 28 through the first half of the season. He also broke the rookie record for the most saves in the first half of the season.
Chipper Jones was placed on the DL during the Phillies series to end the first half. Making him ineligible to play.
The big snub i seen was starting pitcher Tommy Hanson. He easily should have been added to the All-Star team. With a 10-4 record and a 2.44 ERA it’s hard to argue that he did not deserve it.
The Lone Starter
The only starter from the Braves is six-time All-Star catcher Brian McCann. He was well deserved and the fans all felt that way. He is in my humble opinion the best catcher in the league, yes better than Joe Mauer.
Who would you start?
It was a tough decision for San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy. He had to decide who would make the start for the National League. The top two candidates were Roy Halladay (11-3, 2.45 ERA) or NL leader in wins and ERA Jair Jurrjens (12-3, 1.87 ERA). He went with the experience and big game factor Roy Halladay.
I can’t say I’m overly upset about it, either way it’s a solid choice for the NL. I do believe that Jurrjens deserved to start for the NL but Halladay is certainly not a bad option.
All-Star starting lineups
|C. Granderson, CF||R. Weeks, 2B|
|A. Cabrera, SS||C. Beltran, DH|
|A. Gonzalez, 1B||M. Kemp, CF|
|J. Bautista, RF||P. Fielder, 1B|
|J. Hamilton, LF||B. McCann, C|
|A. Beltre, 3B||L. Berkman, RF|
|D. Ortiz, DH||M. Holliday, LF|
|R. Cano, 2B||T. Tulowitzki, SS|
|A. Avila, C||S. Rolen 3B|
This looks to be a solid All-Star game even without some of these injured players who would have generally been starting. I’m looking forward to it tonight!