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Who will be the Starters and Reserves for the National League in the All Star Game?

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

The MLB All-Star Game will be on July 17, 2018, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will be the manager for the All-Star Game this season. Each team must have at least one all-star on the roster. Who will be the starters for the National League and who will be the reserves?

As of right now, the starters are decided by votes. The starting catcher right now would be Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants. He has a .297 batting average with four homeruns and 24 RBI's, along with two stolen bases. The backup catcher for the National League should be Miami Marlins J.T. Realmuto. He has a .301 batting average with seven homeruns and 22 RBI's, along with one stolen base.

The starting first baseman right now would be Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves. He has a .340 batting average with 12 homeruns and 45 RBI's, along with six stolen bases. The backup first baseman should be St. Louis Cardinals Jose Martinez. He has a .327 batting average with 10 homeruns and 42 RBI's.

The starting second baseman right now would be Ozzie Albies of the Atlanta Braves. He has a .256 batting average with 15 homeruns and 36 RBI's, along with six stolen bases. Javier Baez of the Chicago Cubs and Scotter Gennett will probably be both in the All-Star Game as reserves. Baez's batting average is .254 with 14 homeruns and 46 RBI's, along with 11 stolen bases. Gennett's batting average is .340 with 12 homeruns and 47 RBI's, along with one stolen base.

The starting shortstop right now would be Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants. His batting average is .331 with eight homeruns and 31 RBI's, along with two stolen bases. The backup should be Colorado Rockies Trevor Story. He has a .259 batting average with 14 homeruns and 47 RBI's, along with eight stolen bases.

The starting third baseman right now would be Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies. His batting average is .314 with 12 homeruns and 36 RBI's, along with two stolen bases. The backup third baseman should be Chicago Cubs Kris Bryant. His batting average .286 with eight homeruns and 29 RBI's, along two stolen bases.

The starting outfield right now would be Nick Markakis of the Atlanta Braves, Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals. Markakis has a .327 batting average with eight homeruns and 43 RBI's, along with one stolen base. Kemp has a .338 batting average with 10 homeruns and 41 RBI's. Harper has a .228 batting average with 19 homeruns and 43 RBI's, along with five stolen bases.

The three backup outfielders should be Corey Dickerson of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Christian Yelech of the Milwaukee Brewers, and A.J. Pollock of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Dickerson's batting average is .313 with five homeruns and 32 RBI's, along with three stolen bases. Yelech's batting average is .307 with eight homeruns and 28 RBI's, along with seven stolen bases. Pollock's batting average is .293 with 11 homeruns and 33 RBI's, along with nine stolen bases.

Who will be the pitchers on the roster for the National League? The starting pitcher for the All-Star Game will most likely be Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals. He has a 10-2 record with a 2.00 ERA. In 94.2 innings pitched, he has walked 22 batters and struck out 142.

The other five starting pitchers on the roster should be Jacob DeGrom of the New York Mets, Aaron Nola of the Philadelphia Phillies, Mike Foltynewicz of the Atlanta Braves, Jon Lester of the Chicago Cubs, and Mike Mikolas of the St. Louis Cardinals.

DeGrom's record is 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA. In 80.1 innings pitched, he has walked 23 batters and struck out 106. Nola's record is 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA. In 84.1 innings pitched, he has walked 22 batters and struck out 80. Foltynewicz's record is 5-4 with a 2.31 ERA. In 74 innings, he has walked 33 batters and struck out 88. Lester's record is 7-2 with a 2.22 ERA. In 77 innings, he has walked 27 batters and struck out 66. Mikolas's record is 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA. In 79.1 innings, he has walked nine batters and struck out 58.

The bullpen pitchers will probably be Brad Hand of the San Diego Padres, Kenley Jansen of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jeremy Jeffress of the Milwaukee Brewers, Sean Doolittle of the Washington Nationals, Adam Ottavino of the Colorado Rockies, and Jared Hughes of the Cincinnati Reds.

Hand's record is 1-3 with a 1.89 ERA. He has 19 saves in 21 tries. In 33.1 innings pitched, Hand has walked 14 batters and struck out 51. Jansen's record is 0-1 with a 2.73 ERA. He has 15 saves in 17 tries. Jansen has walked seven batters and struck out 31. Jeffress's record is 5-0 with a 0.55 ERA. He has three saves in five tries. In 32.2 innings pitched, Jeffress has walked 11 batters and struck out 31.

Doolittle's record is 2-2 with a 1.57 ERA. He has 16 saves in 17 tries. In 28.2 innings pitched, Doolittle has walked three batters and struck out 40. Ottavino's record is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA. He has one save in two tries. In 28.1 innings pitched, Ottavino has walked 10 batters and struck out 45. Hughes's record is 2-2 with a 1.02 ERA, He has recorded four saves in five tries. In 35.1 innings pitched, Hughes has walked nine batters and struck out 27.

This article was originally published on @gk18