The MLB All-Star Game is only 10 days away (Tuesday, July 12 @ 8 on FOX), and as we all know, every MLB team gets at least one representative in the game (I know a lot of people do not like this rule, but personally, I do; yes, it can make it to where someone deserving does not get to be an All-Star, but it also does not mean that that one player has to play, and it gives everyone that watches the game at least one player to cheer for). So, here is a look at what Atlanta Braves player(s) (on the off-chance they randomly get more than one) will get to represent the ATL in the mid-summer classic at Petco Park in San Diego.
Teheran is the obvious selection here. In 17 starts this season, Teheran is 3-7 (not very good, but considering the team is 27-53 (going into Saturday, July 2), it is kind of understandable) with an ERA: 2.72 (currently a career best), WHIP (walk/hits per inning pitched): 0.932 (another current career best), BAA (batting avg. against): 0.197, K/9 (strikeouts per 9 innings): 8.4, WAR (wins above replacement; also my personal favorite MLB stat): 3.4 and WAA (Wins above average): 2.5 (another current career best).
Teheran’s ranks among pitchers in all of MLB: WHIP (2nd), WAR (4th) and Innings Pitched (6th).
Rank among NL pitchers only: ERA (9th), WHIP (2nd), WAR (2nd), Innings Pitched (5th), Strikeouts (10th) and Starts (T-1st).
Teheran appears to be the guarantee player from Atlanta to make the team, and honestly, he deserves it. Also, his numbers are unfortunately similar to those of Shelby Miller from last season (really good ERA, WHIP, WAR, etc. but with a terrible win/loss record due to the team struggling as a whole).
Vizcaino has 10 saves so far in 12 chances with an ERA of 2.31, WHIP of 1.40, BAA of 2.15, K/9 of 12.1, WAR of 0.6 and WAA of 0.3. Vizcaino really stepped into the closer role as if it were meant for him, and so far, I think I would have to agree.
Probably the most recognizable name on the roster is Mr. Freeman. He leads the team in HRs (13; the next most is Tyler Flowers with 6), Slug % (.498), OPS (.865), Hits (85), Games Played (79), Runs Scored (37) and Total Bases (150; next most is Nick Markakis with 105). Freeman is also tied for first on the team in Triples (4; same as Mallex Smith who has only played in 58 games and is currently on the Disabled List).
He is also 2nd on the team in 2Bs (18), RBIs (29), BA (Batting Average) .282 and BBs (Base on Balls/Walks) 35.
Freeman’s ranks among NL hitters: Games played (T-4th), Triples (T-8th), Intentional Walks (2nd).
Most of these numbers are really not all that impressive, but on this struggling Braves’ team, they are decent.
Some might not necessarily agree with Markakis being on this list, but I have some proof that might change their minds.
Markakis is first on the team in: RBIs (42), BBs (37), 2Bs (22) and Sacrifice Flies (5).
He is 2nd on the team in: Runs (31), Games Played (78), Hits (77) and Total Bases (105).
Markakis’ ranks among NL hitters: Doubles (5th) and Sac Flies (T-4th).
So when will we know?
ESPN will be revealing the position players, pitchers and the final vote participants on Tuesday, July 5th at 7pm, with my guess being that there will be 1 Braves player on team and possibly one more in the final vote (but probably not likely).
*all stats are courtesy of Baseball Reference