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Who should get the All-Star Final Vote?

Today is the last day you can vote for the final vote. For me, one is clear cut, and one is hard to decide.

2015finalvoteThe American League Final Vote was narrowed yesterday as Ned Yost choose Bret Gardner from the New York Yankees to replace the injured Alex Gordon of his very own Kansas City Royals. He will not start for him, he will only fill the roster spot left void by him being injured. Starting in his place will be Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles. By rule, the person who recieved the 4th highest vote talley will take the place of any of the starting 3 should 1 of them not be able to attend.

Therefore you are left with the following 4 players to choose from: Xander Bogaerts, Yoenis Cespedes, Mike Moustakas and Brian Dozier. Bogaerts, from the Boston Red Sox, is hitting .300/.339/.414 (108 OPS+) and leads all AL shortstops with 37 RBI and 2.1 WAR. Cespedes, of the Detroit Tigers, is having his best season since his rookie year, hitting .292/.320/.479 (119 OPS+) with 10 homers and 44 RBI. The Kansas City Royal’s Moustakas is hitting .301/.357/.436 (119 OPS+) with seven dingers to go along with superb hot corner glovework. Only three third basemen in the league can top his 2.2 WAR right now. Dozier is having an incredible season. He’s hitting .260/.331/.511 (128 OPS+) and leads all second baseman in home runs (16) and RBI (40). Dozier also leads the AL with 2.8 WAR among all second baseman.

My pick is Brian Dozier, hands down. Besides all the accolades above, he is also tied for the lead with top vote getter Josh Donaldson in runs with 65, and 2nd in MLB in doubles.

Then you have the National League Final Vote participants of; Jeurys Familia, Johnny Cueto, Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Martinez and Clayton Kershaw. Closing doors for the New York Mets is Jeurys Familia. Familia has already racked up 22 saves, seventh most in the league, even though he didn’t start the season as closer. He has a 1.16 ERA (320 ERA+), a 0.91 WHIP, and a 40/12 K/BB in 38 2/3 innings. The hometown Red as the All-Star Game is in Cincinnati this year, has a 2.84 ERA (136 ERA+) with a career-low 0.92 WHIP and a 100/20 K/BB in 104 2/3 innings. Cueto’s record (5-5) doesn’t reflect how well he’s actually pitched. After a slow start in April, Tulo shook it off, and is now hitting .321/.358/.489 (119 OPS+) with nine home runs and 44 RBI. He’s second among all shortstops in RBI and third in OPS. Martinez is 9-3 with a 2.70 ERA (141 ERA+) and a 1.25 WHIP to go with a 105/41 K/BB in exactly 100 innings. He has a 1.52 ERA in his last 10 starts.  Kershaw is having his worst season since his 2008 rookie year, yet he still has a 3.08 ERA (120 ERA+) and a 1.04 WHIP while leading baseball with 147 strikeouts. Like Cueto, his 5-6 record doesn’t do his actual performance justice. Kershaw is second in the NL at 3.1 WAR.FVmojis

For me this choice is much harder. First, I can eliminate Tulo for his slow start and the fact that he is declining in his range at SS. Next, I do the same with Kershaw simply because he is not having a Kershwa like season. Familia is a nice story and has done well as the closer for the Mets, but honestly the other two participants have just done better. Cueto is having another monster year, and I want him to kind of put an exclamation point on the fact that we don’t look at wins and losses anymore and the fact that he is a Red and more than likley will be traded would be a nice stamp on his Cincinnati career. But, I want to give you a number on Martinez that to me is totally impressive. He has had 14 starts where he has given up only 2 runs or fewer!

My pick for nostalgia is Cueto. But for numbers would be Martinez. I would not be upset as long as one of the two of them makes the Final Vote. You can have a say in who wins by voting here.

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