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The moment Cliff Lee returned to Philadelphia many believed the Phillies had assembled one of the greatest rotations in baseball history.
That rotation will be well represented at the All-Star Game.
Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Lee each earned a spot on the National League All-Star team, which was announced Sunday afternoon. Fans voted Placido Polanco as the starting third baseman.
Halladay is 11-3 with a 2.44 ERA, leading the league with six complete games. Lee is 9-5 with a 2.66 ERA, entering Sunday’s start against Toronto having thrown three consecutive shutouts and allowing one run in 42 innings in June. Cole Hamels is 9-4 with a 2.41 ERA, establishing himself as one of the best pitchers in baseball.
Together they have helped the Phillies earn the best record in baseball.
It is the first time in franchise history the Phillies have had three pitchers selected to the same All-Star team. It is the first time they have had two pitchers since Curt Schilling and Paul Byrd in 1999. Schilling started that game.
Halladay could be the starting pitcher, although that remains to be seen.
Major League Baseball announces its All-Star teams tomorrow.
Who ya got?
- Roy Halladay. He is 11-3 with a 2.44 ERA. He leads the league in complete games, innings and strikeouts. He’s the ace on a staff of aces. The only question is whether Halladay will be the National League’s starting pitcher or not?
- Placido Polanco. Polanco is hitting .280 with four homers and 39 RBIs, but had a commanding lead last week in the fan voting. He will be the starting third baseman.
- Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. It will be interesting to see if both make the team. I only say that because I can’t remember the last time a team had three pitchers from the same rotation make the All-Star team, but then again I haven’t extensively researched the topic. Players made their votes last weekend before Lee threw his third consecutive shutout. I think before that third shutout not a lot of players knew how well Lee was pitching in June. But entering today Halladay, Hamels and Lee ranked in the top seven in the league in ERA. They’re all worthy.
In the hunt
- Shane Victorino. Victorino started the day ninth in the league in slugging percentage. Ninth. Not among outfielders. Among everybody. He was sixth among outfielders in OPS.
- Ryan Howard. He is among the league leaders in home runs and RBIs, but faces stiff competition with Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and Joey Votto and Todd Helton. He might be the odd man out.
- Ryan Madson. I thought he had a great shot to make the team before he got injured. But he hasn’t pitched since June 18, which hurt his chances.
- Antonio Bastardo. He’s worthy, but starters and closers generally make the team. But the NL certainly could use a guy like Bastardo. His 0.90 ERA is the best among NL relievers.
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?
MLB released its first National League All-Star voting update and Placido Polanco leads among third basemen:
- Polanco 724,724
- Chipper Jones 540,168
- Pablo Sandoval 522,037
- David Wright 500,200
- Scott Rolen 370,271
Chase Utley, who has been elected a starter the previous five seasons, is third. No surprise there. He hasn’t played. Brandon Phillips (837,778) is first. Rickie Weeks (562,071) is second. Utley (561,585) is third. Jimmy Rollins (454,782) is second among shortstops, but it’s a distant second behind Troy Tulowitzki (975,777). Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz are a distant fourth among first basemen and catchers, respectively. Shane Victorino (seventh) and Raul Ibanez (13th) are way behind among outfielders.
Honestly, when I think about Phillies’ All-Stars I think there are a few legitimate candidates: Polanco, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Ryan Madson and Ryan Howard.
It will be tough for Howard, even though he’s tied for second in the league in homers (12) and RBIs (42). Albert Pujols is leading the voting and Joey Votto and Prince Fielder are having good seasons.