WITH every All-Star roster announcement the list of ‘snubs’ and deserving players left off the list is a topic of debate. A handful of pitchers and some other valuable positional players are among the seven most unlucky players who haven’t found their way onto an All-Star roster…yet.
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Alex Wood, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
2017 stats: 9-0 W-L, 87 K’S, 1.83 ERA, 0.91 WHIP
DESPITE the lack of innings pitched, Woods production speaks for itself. He spent time in the bullpen earlier this year which is a likely reason he wasn’t awarded a spot initially, but he is currently striking out a career-high 30.2 percent of batters the third highest percentage among all National League (NL) starters, even ahead of his All-Star teammate Clayton Kershaw.
Adam Duvall, OF, Cincinnati Reds
2017 stats: .281/.326/.558, 19 HR, 58 RBI’S
AN All-Star last year Adam Duvall has better numbers across the board and yet finds himself without a spot on the team. Duvall’s numbers put him inside the top 10 for most batting stats from the American League (AL) as well, but there isn’t room for everyone in these teams.
Carlos Carrasco, SP, Cleveland Indians
2017 stats: 9-3 W-L, 103 K’S, 3.50 ERA, 1.05 WHIP
INJURIES have plagued Carrasco’s chances of an All-Star berth in the past, but 2017 has been good to the 30 year old so far. His WHIP is inside the top five in the majors and he is tied for the seventh most strikeouts in the AL.
Roberto Osuna, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
2017 stats: 2-0 W-L, 19 SV, 44 K’S, 2.25 ERA, 0.75 WHIP
OSUNA is one of only seven players in all of baseball with at least 19 saves and of those seven pitchers, he owns the 2nd lowest WHIP. It’s fair to say that the Blue Jays haven’t achieved the level of success that they wanted to so far this season and their closer has helped to keep them afloat.
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Andrelton Simmons, SS, Los Angeles Angels
2017 stats: .284/.336/.430, 9 HR, 38 RBI’S
GENERATION next has stolen most of the shortstop spots up for grabs, which is a shame for Andrelton Simmons. He has been incredibly important for the Angels since Trout went down and is having a great offensive season
Travis Shaw, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers
2017 stats: .294/.361/.556, 17 HR, 60 RBI’S
UNFORTUNATELY for Travis Shaw third base in the NL is overflowing with talent. That means that the first year Brewer is the unlucky one to miss out, despite his crucial play for Milwaukee. Even Kris Bryant had to settle for a Final Vote candidacy, but still, Shaw deserves to be here.
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