A season ago, the St. Louis Cardinals had six all-star selections. How many guys will be participants in this year’s mid-summer classic?
When your club is 23 games above the .500 mark at the season’s “midway point” as the St. Louis Cardinals were in 2015, you are most certainly going to see plenty of consideration for individual awards.
Only the Kansas City Royals (7) had more all-star game participants than the Cardinals (6) a season ago, and we all remember that squirrelly fan vote thing they had going on last summer.
Anywho, the Cardinals got terrific first halves from the likes of Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez in 2015, making each first-time all-stars. Barring some insanely dominant June, there probably won’t be a single Cardinal starting pitcher in the all-star game in 2016.
Jhonny Peralta was voted an all-star in 2015. As pumped as I am for him to be activated off the DL on Tuesday, I don’t think that gives him ample time to put up numbers.
Trevor Rosenthal made his first all-star game in 2015, and he’s been pretty solid in his chances in 2016 (10 for 11 on saves). But, he still sits a distant 12th place in saves in the National League at the start of play Monday.
Who are the guys with a chance (at least from this writer’s perspective) then? Here’s my list, in no particular order of who might make it to Petco in mid-July.