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The Baseball Show: Which Nats are All-Stars?

Jun 21, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT

The Nationals are currently lagging in All-Star voting with just over two weeks to go until the rosters are announced on July 6. Of course they will get at least one guy on the NL team, but who will it be?

In this week’s episode of The Baseball Show, Mark discussed that very topic with Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak. The Nationals don’t have any obvious candidates for the Midsummer Classic, instead boasting a large group of players who could be right on the cusp.

Check the clip out right here:

  1. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Roger Bernadina just got DFA’d again. As awful as he is, is swap him and Dobbs until Bryce returns. You get speed off the bench which the Nats lack.

    • NatsLady - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      Huh? Nate McLouth is speedy and also a lefty outfielder. I;m all for getting rid of Dobbs, though.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        Dobbs is gone when Bryce gets back. McLouth is 1st guy off the bench for a lefty bat.

        I’m totally serious, I would cut Dobbs today. Get Walters, get Bernadina, get someone who adds more dimension.

      • chaz11963 - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        Dobbs is awful. I would much rather them give more opportunities to our prospects- Souza, Walters, etc. I know they didn’t do so hot earlier this year, but they are doing well in AAA.

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    In by best Mora voice. Allstars? Allstars? You’re asking me about Allstars?

    Soriano, Clippard, Storen, LaRoche, Rendon, Desi.

    Good luck in Minneapolis.

  3. habs3 - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Focus on winning some ballgames. There are no all stars on this team.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      LOL, but each team has to have one. The players have to focus on winning. Fans can focus on all stars, advanced metrics, and the cost of beer if they want to!

  4. Joe Seamhead - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Soriano has appeared in 29 games, has 15 saves,26 K’s vs 10 BB’s, 17 hits against him.
    He has a .124 ERA, .173 BA/.250 OBP against, and a WHIP of 0.792
    Not the best numbers in the league, but they are almost all better than his career averages, and I think that so far he is having the best year of anybody on the team.

  5. NatsLady - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    I think I’d rather have Walters, if it doesn’t mess with his development, just as another infielder with some pop if you want Desi to a day off or an inning off or double switch.

  6. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Anthony Rendon is 4th in baseball in WAR. Donaldson has 3.4, Frazier has 2.7, Carpenter has 2.3 and Rendon has 2.2. The advanced metrics used to hate Rendon’s defense at third base. It actually had him as the worst defensive 3B in the league, which didn’t match the eye test at all and baffled me. I chalked it up to noise because the sample was so small, but wanted to keep an eye on it. I just checked (which is what is spurring this post). It now has him pretty much middle of the pack (14th) and rising quickly. As that increases and the offense stays stready, his WAR is rising.

    By the way, something I just realized. Rendon has homered against Zack Greinke, Craig Kimbrel, Alex Wood, Tyson Ross, AJ Burnett and Michael Wacha. That’s impressive.

    • David Proctor - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Actually, he is now tied with Matt Carpenter at third with 2.3

  7. JamesFan - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Soriano is the only Nat that qualifies for the AS Game.

    • stoatva - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      The All Star Game is mostly populated by the unqualified.

      Jeez, I remember when catcher Don Leppert was tha Senators All Star.

  8. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:37 PM

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