What the AL All-Star Lineup Should Look Like

June 2, 2017

The American League All-Star vote count has released as of 9 am on Wednesday, May 31st. As Micah has made his selections on the National League side on his blog "What the NL All-Star Lineup Should Look Like," I will be making my picks for who the All-Stars should be on the AL side. Some players like Mike Trout and Aaron Judge are deserving of their spots, but others may not be getting their full recognition as they should be. Here are the players that are currently at the top of the voting, and the ones who should be at the top.

 

 

Catcher

Fan Selection: Salvador Perez

Correct Selection: Salvador Perez

The four time All-Star will be going back to the Summer Classic for the fifth time in his career this year. He leads all AL catchers (minimum 100 at-bats) in hits, homers, and RBIs. 

 

First Base

Fan Selection: Miguel Cabrera

Correct Selection: Jose Abreu

Miguel Cabrera is a household name that is not having an All-Star year. His dismal .261 batting average and only five bombs pale in comparison to White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu's .295 average and 10 home runs.

 

Second Base

Fan Selection: Starlin Castro

Correct Selection: Coin flip between Starlin Castro and Jose Altuve

Two players couldn't be more similar at this point in the season. Here are some eerily similar stats and numbers to look at for both players: Altuve has one more at bat, three more doubles, two more triples, and six more walks than Castro, while Castro has one more RBI, and two points more on his batting average. The players are also tied on hits, runs scored, and home runs, making this choice a flip of the coin.

 

Shortstop

Fan Selection: Fransisco Lindor

Correct Selection: Carlos Correa

Correa beats Lindor in hits, RBI, and batting average. Lindor is great at defense and has a bit of speed, but Correa gets the edge this season.

 

Third Base

Fan Selection: Manny Machado

Correct Selection: Miguel Sano

Many people may disagree with me here, but let's compare these two players stat-by-stat. In hits, Sano has more.  In home runs, Sano has more. In RBI, Sano has more. Now, in votes, Sano should have more.

 

Designated Hitter

Fan Selection: Nelson Cruz

Correct Selection: Nelson Cruz

The best DH in the American League is no debate. Cruz is having another Cruz type of year, and the next best DH is Edwin Encarnacion, who is not having an Edwin Encarnacion year.

 

Outfielders

Fan Selections: Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, Mookie Betts

Correct Selections: Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, Avisail Garcia

The top two here are correct, with Mike Trout being Mike Trout, and Aaron Judge breaking out and becoming a household name. Meanwhile, in the three spot, Avisail Garcia should get in as he is leading the AL outfielders in hits, is second in batting average, and is tied for first in RBI. Betts is only leading in doubles, and posts a .276 batting average

 

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