The Case for the Boston Red Sox All-Stars
BOSTON - This Friday, on June 21, the voting for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game will close. In past years, many deserving Red Sox, including Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi, have been relegated to the "final vote" and neither of them have prevailed, meaning that Sox fans who want to see those two make it to the All-Star game will need to start voting en masse.
Right now, the Red Sox need all the help they can get in All-Star voting. Just look at a couple of their Instagram posts.
It's no secret that the Red Sox pitching has been less than stellar. David Price might be the only pitcher worthy of being considered an All-Star (unless Chris Sale's recent starts change anyone's minds), but pitchers aren't put up to fan vote.
But where the defense of the Red Sox may be relatively weak, it's a different story for their offense. J.D. Martinez is currently first among designated hitters, which is solid, so votes should definitely keep coming in for him. But a number of Boston's best players are struggling to make headway in the tallies. Mitch Moreland may have dropped off a bit since his injuries, and Benintendi and Jackie Bradley, Jr. probably don't deserve spots this year, but there are other members of the team to consider.
For example, there are a number of second basemen with better numbers than Michael Chavis, but the Ice Horse has only been around since late April and he's still put up comparable statistics, including twelve home runs. That alone makes him worthy of, at least, a reserve spot, in my eyes.
Mookie Betts is currently fifth among American League outfielders in the voting, which is a bit reasonable, but even a slightly off first half for Betts is a better year than most other players as the reigning MVP is hitting .264, but still making a major impact on defense.
Christian Vazquez definitely deserves to be higher than fifth among catchers. No AL catcher has a higher batting average than Vazquez's .290! He's also recorded eight home runs, an easy career best for him. Vazquez has changed his swing and made a big impact this year and he should definitely be on everyone's ballot.
Lastly, Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers unequivocally deserve to be starters. Bogaerts has been largely forgotten and Devers is just fourth among third basemen, even though both are putting up the best numbers on the team and some of the best numbers in the entire league. Devers is hitting .304 and putting up MVP type numbers and Bogaerts is hitting .300. They've combined for twenty-six home runs and rank third and fourth for runs scored in the American League.
With that in mind, don't forget to do your part and vote for the Red Sox before it's too late!
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