The MLB announced on Tuesday night who would represent each team in the 2016 MLB All Star Game. For the Orioles, they were able to get five representatives for the game.
Let us take a closer look at all of these players and what they have done that has lead to them being named All Stars.
Manny Machado: .325/.380/.584, 18 HR, 50 RBI and 4.0 WAR
If anybody deserves to start at third base for the American League, it is Manny Machado. Among third baseman in the AL he leads in batting average, tied for 3rd in home runs, 2nd in wRC+, 2nd in wOBA, and 2nd in WAR.
This is Machado’s third trip to the All Star Game and first start in one. He was the only Oriole that received enough votes to start in the game.
Matt Wieters: .268/.320/.440, 13 HR, 35 RBI and 1.o WAR
In a surprise to me, Matt Wieters was selected to go to his fourth All Star Game. Wieters has had a pretty decent season considering he is over a year removed from Tommy John Surgery recovery and is only on a one year contract.
Among AL catchers, Wieters is 2nd in batting average, 4th in home runs, 4th in OBP, 3rd in wOBA, 3rd in wRC+, and tied for 2nd in WAR (min. 200 plate appearances.)
This is the third time Wieters was selected as a reserve. He won the fan vote at catcher to start in 2014 but did not play due to his elbow injury.
Mark Trumbo: .280/.328/.552, 24 HR, 62 RBI and 1.5 WAR.
The current American League leader in home runs will at the All Star Game this season in Mark Trumbo. A trade acquisition from the Seattle Mariners in the offseason, Trumbo has won the hearts of many Orioles fans this season with his power bat and monstrous home runs.
As stated earlier, Trumbo currently leads the American League with 24 home runs but among outfielders, he is 7th in wRC+, 8th in wRC+, 3rd in SLG%, and 1st in RBI’s.
This will be Trumbo’s 2nd career All Star Game with his first coming in 2012 when he was a member of the Los Angeles Angels. He is also a likely name to appear in the Home Run Derby of which he also participated in during the 2012 All Star break.
Brad Brach: 36 games, 44.2 IP, 1.01 ERA, 97.5 LOB%, and 1.o WAR
Brad Brach, one of the most underrated bullpen arms in baseball, will be going to the All Star Game and deservingly so. I think it is pretty funny he will be going to the game when it is held in San Diego which is where Brach used to call home before the Orioles traded for him back in the 2014 offseason for a pitcher no longer in baseball.
Among AL relievers this season, Brach is 3rd in ERA, 2nd in LOB%, 4th in runs allowed, 5th in strikeouts and tied for 10th in WAR.
This is Brach’s first All Star Game appearance but hopefully not his last.
Zach Britton: 34 games, 33.2 IP, 0.80 ERA, 23 saves, and 1.3 WAR
Zach Britton is going to his second straight All Star Game as he continues to be one of, if not the best closer in all of baseball.
Britton, among AL relievers, is 2nd in ERA, 4th in FIP, 7th in HR/9, tied for 1st in saves, 1st in GB%, 5th in WAR, and tied for 2nd in home runs allowed.
As I stated earlier, this will be Britton’s second All Star Game with his first being last season.
I am very pleased with the Orioles representation in this upcoming mid summer classic. I feel that all of these players are deserving and my only snub would be Chris Davis.
Davis is currently 1st among first baseman in WAR, 3rd in SLG%, 4th in wRC+, 4th in wRC+, 3rd in BB%, 2nd in home runs and 2nd in ISO. It is a shame that Eric Hosmer won the fan vote to start the game over Davis, or even Miguel Cabrera at that rate.
For as much criticism as Davis has received regarding his contract, he is playing up to it pretty well this season so I can at least be happy with that.
I have always been a fan of the All Star Game because it brings the best talent from around the game together for a one-night game that just so happens to determine who gets home field advantage in the World Series between the two leagues.
If Ned Yost has any soul, we will see either Zach Britton or Brad Brach pitch with Matt Wieters behind the dish but since Yost sold his soul for the Royals to be good, that will most likely not happen.