We are slowly closing in on the MLB All-Star festivities in Washington. Over the past few days the American and National League rosters have been announced as well as the participants in the home run derby. The Phillies will have two players being showcased during the event as pitcher Aaron Nola has been selected to the National League team, and left fielder Rhys Hoskins has been selected to compete in the home run derby. But there should have been one more Phillies player selected to represent the team in Washington.
Phillies’ center fielder Odubel Herrera has had a very good first half of the season and should have made the National League roster for the All-Star game. So far this season he has already matched his career high for home runs in a season with 16, and in the beginning of the season had an on-base streak that reached 45 games. His play on the offensive and defensive side of the ball have been a big piece to the Phillies’ success in the first half of this season. Based off the numbers it is hard to explain why other players were chosen over Odubel.
Odubel Herrera’s 2018 Statistics
98 H, .277 AVG, 16 HR, 52 RBI, .329 OBP
National League All-Star Reserve Statistics
Charlie Blackmon: 99 H, .280 Avg, 18 HR, 94 RBI, .351 OBP
Lorenzo Cain: 83 H, .294 AVG, 8 HR, 27 RBI, .399 OBP
Christian Yelich: 87 H, .289 AVG, 11 HR, 42 RBI, .363 OBP
Based off the numbers it’s hard to believe that both Brewers’ outfielders should have been chosen over Odubel. With Milwaukee having the best record in the National League right now it figures that they should be represented in the game but not when other players have clearly outplayed them. The only thing Yelich and Cain have on Odubel is there average and on base percentage. But another thing that needs to be accounted for is that although Odubel’s averages are slightly lower then Cain and Yelich, he has more at-bats then the two. Herrera has 354 at-bats on the year while Cain has 282, and Yelich has 301. Along with being snubbed for a reserve spot Odubel was not put in the mix for the final vote either. The numbers do not lie, Odubel was snubbed of what should have been his second All-Star selection of his career.
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