2022 All-Star Game Rosters

CaptainLaddie

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My favorite thing every year is (poorly) predicting the ASG rosters.

Here's my first guess:

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Once the first round of votes are announced, I lock the leaders in as the starters and make adjustments based on that. There's been a change in voting this year -- the leaders get voted in, and then there's a second phase of voting -- one player from each position + DH (and two total outfielders) get voted in by the fans in that second round.

THEN, pitchers and reserves (five starting pitchers, three relievers, and one positional player) will be chosen by the players themselves. Then the commissioners office will pick the last six (four pitchers, two position players) players. Manager no longer gets a say.

This should make things better, I think? Maybe? I dunno. It'll be more interesting seeing how the second round will go, that's for sure.

My picks are a combination of who I think the fans will vote and who should make it. Some picks (Soto, for example) are because every team needs a representative. There are more deserving outfielders, but it came down to him or Josh Bell, and it's easier to sneak an OF on the roster than a 1B.
 

Petagine in a Bottle

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Good stuff - two Cubs positional players seems like one too many. I’d imagine Scherzer makes it too. Finding an A is challenging; Murphy is having a lousy year, maybe Pete Blackburn? Feels like too few Yankees given that they are in pace to win 122; Rizzo, Stanton, Torres, Taillon, Montgomery, and Cole l, among others, have pretty good cases.
 

CaptainLaddie

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Max Fried is not on SD. Oops. ATL.

You're right about the Yankees. They probably deserve more, but it's hard to get everyone in. My guess is that Rizzo, Stanton, and Judge all end up getting voted in by the fans eventually. Maybe more. That'll change the calculus.
 

Petagine in a Bottle

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Catcher seems really weak these days, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like there are a lot of relatively anonymous pitchers these days. I had to look up the stats for several of the relievers you mentioned, a few of whom I wasn’t familiar with at all.
 

CaptainLaddie

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Catcher seems really weak these days, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like there are a lot of relatively anonymous pitchers these days. I had to look up the stats for several of the relievers you mentioned, a few of whom I wasn’t familiar with at all.
Yeah, it's really bad at catcher. To be honest, so many of the pitchers are just team reps, especially at reliever.
 

LogansDad

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Catcher seems really weak these days, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like there are a lot of relatively anonymous pitchers these days. I had to look up the stats for several of the relievers you mentioned, a few of whom I wasn’t familiar with at all.
It's going to get better over the next couple years, but, yes, catcher is brutal right now.
 

Ale Xander

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I see that JD is 3rd at DH in AL ASG voting, I'm like, what??, and then I see the ballot, and now I understand. That's stiff competition. Hope they take all 3.
 

CaptainLaddie

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UPDATE!!!!

AL: Vlad, Bo Bichette, and George Springer move into the starting lineup, Alvarez is on the ballot as a DH (I should have checked this). This moves Xander and JD to the bench, with Ohtani and Tim Anderson off the roster. Very little movement. Bichette starting over Xander (or, like, four other guys) is silly. Springer doesn't deserve to be there either, but that's what happens when an entire country will vote for you! Byron Buxton has a case for a bench spot in the OF, he's 4th in WAR in the AL -- but he's only hitting .233 and his OBP is only .315 (though he's got 19 homers, though only 33 RBI, which is a hell of a ratio.). Even though he's got better defensive numbers than Ward or Tucker, they're hitting the ball much better. If this was the All-WAR team, he'd be there, but it's not, so he's not on there. I'm okay with putting JD in over Ohtani for now -- though Ohtani's combined WAR for pitching and hitting is higher than JD's for just hitting, JD's got an OPS in the 940s. Being slightly over league average at hitting and pitching is still probably more valuable than what JD contributes, but it's hard to justify giving the DH spot to a guy who just hasn't hit all that spectacularly at DH this season so far.

NL: Jazz Chisholm now is on the starting roster, as well as Trea Turner, Acuna and Joc Pederson. This pushes Edman, Swanson, and Happ to the bench, while McNeil, Schwarber, and Lil Yaz get booted off. Chisholm probably shouldn't be on the roster, but he's hit 13 dingers. So that helps his case to a casual voter. But Edman's been really, really good this year and is 3rd in WAR among all NL players so far. I don't hate the Joc selection (though he shouldn't be starting) because while he's been terrible in the field, he's 4th in offensive WAR. I *guess* Soto can still be the 6th OF since he's got 14 homers and a .368 OBP. He's been dreadful on defense but he can rake despite his low average.

Despite my current roster projection, I don't actually think either team will have 6 relievers on it, probably just 4 or maybe 5.
 

jon abbey

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I was going to say Jose Trevino over Murphy (unless he is your only A) even before his game-winning HR last night. He only plays a bit over half the time, but is having a really remarkable season. NY is now a hard to believe 28-6 in games he started. He has been incredible defensively all year (leading MLB in DRS from C by a bunch) and has been scorching hot offensively since mid-May, 1.093 OPS in 24 games since May 16.

View: https://twitter.com/YankeeMetrics/status/1539796756258607104


Kirk should probably be the starter and Heim has been very good too, but Trevino is right up there with Heim and ahead of anyone else. He is tied for the AL DRS lead at any position (with Jorge Mateo and Kyle Tucker) despite it being a counting stat and him only playing about half the time.

http://www.fieldingbible.com/DRSLeaderboard
 

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I was going to say Jose Trevino over Murphy (unless he is your only A) even before his game-winning HR last night. He only plays a bit over half the time, but is having a really remarkable season. NY is now a hard to believe 28-6 in games he started. He has been incredible defensively all year (leading MLB in DRS from C by a bunch) and has been scorching hot offensively since mid-May, 1.093 OPS in 24 games since May 16.

View: https://twitter.com/YankeeMetrics/status/1539796756258607104


Kirk should probably be the starter and Heim has been very good too, but Trevino is right up there with Heim and ahead of anyone else. He is tied for the AL DRS lead at any position (with Jorge Mateo and Kyle Tucker) despite it being a counting stat and him only playing about half the time.

http://www.fieldingbible.com/DRSLeaderboard
I hate that the Yankees gave up on Gary Sanchez. He sucked, and looked like a palooka doing it. In other words, he was the perfect Yankee.