Friday, July 5, 2013

Baseball 'experts' predict which Reds players will be All Stars


The official unveiling of the rosters for the 2013 All-Star Game won't come until Saturday evening. However, that hasn't stopped a countless number of baseball experts from predicting which players they believe will be picked to represent their respective league.

With this in mind, here is a rundown on some of the notable "experts" who are tabbing Reds players as All-Stars, as well as others who are not.

Cliff Corcoran - Sports Illustrated

1B - Joey Votto (starter)
2B - Brandon Phillips (starter)

Jim Bowden - ESPN

1B - Joey Votto (reserve)
2B - Brandon Phillips (starter)
RF - Jay Bruce (starter)
RP - Aroldis Chapman (reserve)
SP - Mat Latos (reserve)

Jayson Stark - ESPN

1B - Joey Votto (starter)
RP - Aroldis Chapman (reserve)
CF - Shin-Soo Choo (reserve)

Jerry Crasnick - ESPN

DH - Joey Votto (starter)
RP - Aroldis Chapman (reserve)
RF - Jay Bruce (reserve)

Tim Kurkjian - ESPN

DH - Joey Votto (starter)
2B - Brandon Phillips (reserve)

Buster Olney - ESPN

RF - Jay Bruce (reserve)
1B - Joey Votto (reserve)
2B - Brandon Phillips (reserve)

David Schoenfield - ESPN

1B - Joey Votto (starter)
RP - Aroldis Chapman (reserve)
RF - Jay Bruce (reserve)
2B - Brandon Phillips (reserve)

I don't know how the likes of Crasnick and Stark could honestly omit Phillips from the roster, unless they have some strong loyalty to Tony La Russa, who snubbed the Reds Gold Glove second basemen from All-Star inclusion one season ago. Especially considering the fact that Crasnick and Stark opted to go with Giants second basemen Marco Scutaro, who has two home runs and 18 RBIs this year, instead. It's just plain stupid.

If I was a betting man, I would say that Phillips and Votto will be two of the eight National League starters when the teams are unveiled tomorrow night. Outside of those two, I don't think any of the remaining Reds players are automatic locks to earn a selection.

However, I do believe Chapman will make the roster, maybe not based on merit alone, but just because having him in the bullpen could definitely help the NL beat the AL and secure homefield advantage in the World Series. I would put the odds of Bruce getting selected at about 40-60. But I can definitely see a scenario where a few injuries eventually land him a spot on the roster, anyway.

It's a shame Latos probably won't be making a trip to New York. The right-hander has had a really good season thus far in spite of what his win-loss record may indicate.

The official rosters announcement will come at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday on the All-Star Game Selection Show. It will be televised nationally on FOX.

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