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Who Will be the Starters and Reserves for the American League in the MLB All-Star Game?

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

With the MLB All-Star Game taking place on July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington D.C., the manager of the American League All-Stars will be Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch. On Tuesday, I discussed who will possibly be the starters and the reserves.

The leading voters at each position will be the starters in the All-Star Game. Each team must have at least one all star. Who will be the starters and who will be the reserves for the American League?

The starting catcher for the American League right now is New York Yankees Gary Sanchez. He only has a .190 batting average with 12 homeruns and 35 RBI's. I think there will be two backup catchers. Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals and Wilson Ramos of the Tampa Bay Rays. Perez's batting average is .235 with 11 homeruns and 32 RBI's, along with one stolen base. Ramos's batting average is .284 with eight homeruns and 32 RBI's.

The starting first baseman right now for the American League is Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu. He has a .286 batting average with 10 homeruns and 38 RBI's, along with one stolen base. The backup first baseman should be Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols. He has a .252 batting average with 10 homeruns and 37 RBI's.

The starting second baseman right now for the American League is Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros. He has a .336 batting average with five homeruns and 34 RBI's, along with 10 stolen bases. The backup second baseman should be Jed Lowrie of the Oakland Athletics. He has a .280 batting average with nine homeruns and 42 RBI's.

The starting shortstop right now for the American League is Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles. He has a .311 batting average with 18 homeruns and 50 RBI's, along with four stolen bases. The backup shortstop for the American League should be Juan Segura of the Seattle Mariners. He has a .342 batting average with five homeruns and 41 RBI's, along with 14 stolen bases.

The starting third baseman right for the American League is Jose Rameriz of the Cleveland Indians. His batting average is .290 with 19 homeruns and 44 RBI's, along with eight stolen bases. Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals should be the backup third baseman at the All-Star Game. He has a .263 batting average with 13 homeruns and 42 RBI's.

The starting designated hitter for the American League is J.D. Martinez of the Boston Red Sox. His batting average is .313 with 21 homeruns and 54 RBI's, along with one stolen base. The backup designated hitter should be Khris Davis of the Oakland Athletics. His batting average is .234 with 17 homeruns and 46 RBI's.

The starting outfield right now for the American League is Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox, and Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. Trout's batting average is .310 with 23 homeruns and 44 RBI's, along with 13 stolen bases. Betts's batting average is .354 with 17 homeruns and 37 RBI's, along 13 stolen bases. Judge's batting average is .271 with 18 homeruns and 45 RBI's, along with three stolen bases.

The three backup outfielders should be Andrew Benintendi of the Boston Red Sox, Nick Castellanos of the Detroit Tigers, and Eddie Rosario of the Minnesota Twins. Benintendi's batting average is .297 with 12 homeruns and 46 RBI's, along with 11 stolen bases. Castellanos's batting average is .316 with six homeruns and 34 RBI's, along with one stolen base. Rosario's batting average is .312 with 14 homeruns and 43 RBI's, along with five stolen bases.

The starting pitcher in the All-Star Game will most likely be Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros. He has an 8-2 record with a 1.45 ERA. In 93.1 innings pitched, Verlander has walked 20 batters and struck out 113.

The other five starters will most likely be, Luis Severino of the New York Yankees, Gerrit Cole of the Houston Astros, James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners, Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox, and Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians.

Severino's record is 9-2 with a 2.27 ERA. In 91 innings pitched, he has walked 23 batters and struck out 109. Cole's record is 7-1 with a 2.16 ERA. In 87.2 innings pitched, he has walked 23 batters and struck out 124. Paxton's record is 6-1 with a 3.02 ERA. In 89.1 innings pitched, he has walked 25 batters and struck out 111.

Sale's record is 5-4 with a 2.83 ERA. In 89 innings pitched, he has walked 22 batters and has struck out 120. Kluber's record is 10-2 with a 1.99 ERA. He has walked 10 batters and struck out 103.

The relief pitchers should be Aroldis Chapman of the New York Yankees, Craig Kimbrel of the Boston Red Sox, Keone Kela of the Texas Rangers, Ryan Tepera of the Toronto Blue Jays, Blake Treinen of the Oakland Athletics, and Kelvin Herrera of the Kansas City Royals.

Chapman's record is 2-0 with 1.26 ERA. He has 18 saves in 19 tries. In 18.2 innings pitched, Chapman has walked 13 batters and struck out 50. Kimbrel's record is 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA. He has 21 saves in 23 tries. In 29 innings pitched, Kimbrel has walked nine batters and struck out 42. Kela's record is 3-3 with a 4.24 ERA. He has 14 saves in 14 tries. Kela has walked nine batters and has struck out 29.

Tepera's record is 3-3 with a 2.81 ERA. He has three saves in six tries. In 32 innings pitched, Tepera has walked 10 batters and struck out 33. Treinen's record is 3-1 with a 0.87 ERA. He has 14 saves in 16 tries. In 31 innings pitched, Treinen has walked eight batters and struck out 36. Herrera's record is 1-1 with a 1.05 ERA. He has 14 saves in 16 tries. Herrera has walked two batters and struck out 22.

This article was originally published on @gk18