National League No-Stars

Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game has no equal, at least as far as I’m concerned.  Sure, we could complain about fan voting, and I certainly have.  The very fact that voting is allowed as early as April should give you some indication that statistics play very little part in the choice of fans.

But overall, most of the right guys get in, and MLB has one feature that I absolutely adore: At least one player from every team is guaranteed a spot on the final roster.
I’ve long used my own formula to determine not only my own votes for starters, but to determine the entire roster for both leagues.  It leans heavily on my own Runs Created (RC) scale, as well as WAR for pitchers.  My favorite part, each year, is usually trying to find the guy from each teams who most deserves to be on the squad.  Sometimes, it’s hard.  There is usually one or two teams with extremely unimpressive rosters, and finding the one guy who stands out can be hard.
I hate to admit it, but this year no team was harder to crack than the Houston Astros.
In these cases, there’s usually at least one guy who’s in the top five at his position.  This year, however, there are no Astros that meet that qualification:
C: Humberto Quintero paces Astros catchers with 53.09 RC, good for eighteenth among all NL catchers.  To give you an idea how far off this is, there are two teams within our own division (Milwaukee and Cincinnati) who have more than one catcher ahead of Q.
1B: Lance Berkman ranks fifteenth among all NL first basemen with 88.79 RC – directly in front of the Giants’ Buster Posey.
2B: Jeff Keppinger is at least in the top ten at his position.  He’s ninth among NL second basemen with 119.60 RC.
3B: Pedro Feliz is fourteenth among NL third basemen with 74.18 RC.  Only the Pirates’ Andy LaRoche and the Cubs’ Aramis Ramirez have been worse this season.
SS: Tommy Manzella is number 17 among NL shortstops, with 50.05 RC.
OF: Hunter Pence is twenty-third among NL outfielders with 121 RC.  Clearly the best performance on the team, but well off the pace, set by Cubs’ OF Marlon Byrd (167.41).  Michael Bourn isn’t far behind, at #27 with 113.99 RC; Carlos Lee is thirty-third with 98.21 RC.
Pitchers: No Houston Astros pitchers are in the top five in any meaningful category, though Roy Oswalt is ninth in WHIP, tenth in K/IP, and fifth in K/BB.
Hunter Pence poses with someone who is as likely to be an NL
All-Star as he is.
So what it boils down to is whether you prefer Oswalt or Pence as an All-Star.  I chose Pence, but the case could certainly be made for Oswalt.  One thing’s for sure: Neither particularly deserves the nod.  For the first time since I’ve been keeping my own stats independently, the Houston Astros have absolutely no All-Stars.
For the record, here are my choices for the entire rosters:
National League
C: Brian McCann (ATL)
1B: Albert Pujols (STL)
2B: Martin Prado (ATL)
3B: Scott Rolen (CIN)
SS: Hanley Ramirez (FLA)
OF: Marlon Byrd (CHC)
OF: Ryan Braun (MIL)
OF: Josh Willingham (WSN)
C Miguel Olivo (COL)
1B Adrian Gonzalez (SDP)
1B Joey Votto (CIN)
1B Aubrey Huff (SFG)
2B Brandon Phillips (CIN)
2B Kelly Johnson (ARI)
2B Ricky Weeks (MIL)
3B Ryan Zimmerman (WSN)
SS Troy Tulowitzki (COL)
OF Andrew McCutchen (PIT)
OF Shane Victorino (PHI)
OF Andre Ethier (LAD)
OF Jason Heyward (ATL)
OF Ryan Ludwick (STL)
OF Hunter Pence (HOU)
Ubaldo Jimenez (COL)
Roy Halladay (PHI)
Josh Johnson (FLA)
Yovani Gallardo (MIL)
Mike Pelfrey (NYM)
Livan Hernandez (WSN)
Adam Wainwright (STL)
Tim Hudson (ATL)
Jaime Garcia (STL)
Matt Cain (SFG)
Matt Capps (WSN)
Dan Haren (ARI)
Clayton Kershaw (LAD)
American League
C: Victor Martinez (BOS)
1B: Justin Morneau (MIN)
2B: Robinson Cano (NYY)
3B: Evan Longoria (TBR)
SS: Derek Jeter (NYY)
OF: Alexis Rios (CWS)
OF: Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
OF: Chin-Soo Choo (CLE)
DH: Vladimir Guerrero (TEX)
C Joe Mauer (MIN)
CJason Kendall (KCR)
1B Kevin Youkilis (BOS)
1B Miguel Cabrera (DET)
1B Daric Barton (OAK)
2B Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
3B Mike Young (TEX)
3B Adrian Beltre (BOS)
SS Marco Scutaro (BOS)
OF Josh Hamilton (TEX)
OF Vernon Wells (TOR)
OF Carl Crawford (TBR)
OF Ben Zobrist (TBR)
OF Jose Bautista (TOR)
Francisco Liriano (MIN)
John Danks (CWS)
Andy Pettite (NYY)
Ervin Santana (LAA)
Ricky Romero (TOR)
Rafael Soriano (TBR)
Jon Lester (BOS)
Jeff Niemann (TBR)
David Price (TBR)
Jeremy Guthrie (BAL)
Jered Weaver (LAA)
Cliff Lee (SEA)
Jon Rauch (MIN)

One comment

  1. astrosfaninexile

    Wow, long time no see Anthony! Glad you’re back online. Enjoyed the blog. I know that all the teams have to plug their players for the all star balloting, but it’s really embarrassing in our case. We really don’t have anyone who should be there this year.

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