Four Phillies All-Stars?
We got the latest National League All-Star voting update yesterday, and it looks like Placido Polanco is on his way to being the starting third baseman.
He’ll probably be the only Phillies everyday player to get an All-Star nod. Ryan Howard is third among NL first basemen in home runs (13) and second in RBIs (53), but ranks 10th in batting (.247), ninth in on-base percentage (.336), sixth in slugging (.474) and seventh in OPS (.809). Albert Pujols leads the vote among first basemen. Assuming he wins the vote, there is no way Prince Fielder does not make the team. Joey Votto and Todd Helton also are having outstanding seasons.
But I think the Phillies can take four players to the All-Star Game in Phoenix with Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Ryan Madson joining Polanco. Halladay leads the league in wins (9), innings (105 1/3) and complete games (4). He is second in ERA (2.39) and strikeouts (106). Hamels is tied for second in wins (8). He is fourth in ERA (2.48), fifth in strikeouts (91) and tied for eighth in innings (90 2/3). Madson has a 2.17 ERA, which is 21st in the league. He is tied for 10th in saves (15). He has the league’s fourth-best save percentage (93.8). There are other closers that have pitched well, but Madson is getting plenty of attention closing for the team with the best record in baseball. That will count as the roster is filled out.
Did I miss anybody? Is four too many?