Lisa, at least you didn’t vote for Derek Jeter, who is closing in on the “honorary All-Star captain” phase of his career. And you acknowledged that, while Russell may have muscle, as John Sterling likes to say, he also has a .230 batting average. But you’ve got to give the Red Sox their due.
Mark Teixeira beats Adrian Gonzalez in homers, 25-16, but that’s it. And Teixeira hit 16 of them at homer-happy Yankee Stadium. Otherwise, Gonzalez is hitting .352 with 71 RBI, while Teixeira is hitting just .243 with with 63 RBI.
Travis Hafner may be hitting .336, but he missed a month of the season and has just seven homers. Meanwhile, David Ortiz, everyone else’s All-Star DH, is hitting .305 with 17 homers.
We agree on Alex Avila, Robinson Cano, Asdrubal Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez, Jose Bautista and Curtis Granderson. But your last outfielder is Nelson Cruz, who has 18 homers, but is hitting just .237. I voted instead for Jacoby Ellsbury, who could end up with a 20-50 year – he has nine homers and 25 steals to go along with a .300 batting average.
In the National League, we agree on seven of the eight picks. We both voted for Brian McCann, Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks (though I nearly split my ballot with Brandon Phillips), Jose Jose Jose, Aramis Ramirez (thanks to his hitting five homers in the last week, he does have the best stats in this weak category), Matt Kemp and Ryan Braun.
Oddly enough, the only place we disagree is that you voted for Carlos Beltran and I didn’t. Don’t get me wrong – Beltran’s been so valuable to the Mets that I don’t want him to be traded even though it’s in the best long-term interests of the team. But hitting .281 with 12 homers and 54 RBI in the first half might get you comeback player of the year, but there’s another NL outfielder with 20 homers , 58 RBI and a .296 batting average. So my choice was Lance Berkman. The fact that the Yankees let him go at the end of last season is just icing on the cake.
Other NL outfielders who have put up stats equal to or better than Beltran, particularly because he doesn’t run much anymore, are Carlos Gonzalez and Andrew McCutcheon. (There’s also some guy named Shane that I refuse to include – I have my own biases. I will vote for Phillies, just not Victorino.)
So while I’d like to see Beltran named to the team, I don’t hold out much hope (Hunter Pence is another good candidate, and he could end up being the Astros’ representative). At one point, Dillon Gee and Francisco Rodriguez looked like possibilities, but now it appears that the only Met at the All-Star Game will be Reyes, making it that crazier for the Mets to allow their one All-Star to leave.