The All-Star Game in Kansas City is quickly approaching. And a few things are for sure:
1. People will be snubbed.
2. I will complain about the home-field advantage rule.
3. Albert Pujols will make the A.L. team, regardless of his crappy average.
And our Dodgers currently hold the best record in the National League - how many All-Stars will we send to the Midsummer Classic in 2012?
Here's my best guess:
Seems low, huh? I agree. But I'm factoring in the fact that N.L. catchers is the deepest, most talented position in baseball right now, so poor A.J. Ellis will be snubbed. That being said, I'm looking at three locks.
You've got to assume Matt Kemp will be the starting center fielder, and Andre Ethier and Clayton Kershaw will join him on the N.L. roster. It's just a question of IF they will start, not whether they will make it.
That leaves a weak case for Jerry Hairston, Jr., Kenley Jansen and Chad Billingsley. Jansen hasn't been the closer long enough, Hairston has been injured, and Billingsley has just looked awful in a few starts. You can count them all out.
A.J. Ellis SHOULD be in the game, but with Yadier Molina, Buster Posey, Brian McCann, Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Ruiz having big seasons, and three of those at most to make the game...chances are, he'll lose that popularity contest.
So who's number four? I'm hoping either Chris Capuano or Ted Lilly gets selected by the players and managers, as they've put up stellar numbers. I'd prefer Cappy, because Lilly has been there before and Capuano has been nothing short of incredible in the first half of the season.
Capuano's 6-1 record paces the National League right now and he has a mind-boggling 2.25 ERA. His WHIP is 1.05, and he has a solid amount of strikeouts.
Our big left-handed acquisition should get the call, but you never know. The Dodgers are pretty much guaranteed three All-Stars, but we'd love to see four, with Cappy included!