It’s about a month left of All-Star voting. And while I have no illusions of ANYONE from the Padres getting voted in by MLB fans as starters for the game (unlike the Padres, apparently), I was wondering who is/are the most deserving representative(s) for the team so far.
No one player has really stood out to me. Carlos Quentin missed the first month and a half of the season. Chase Headley has been below average. Jedd Gyorko has been distracted by baby poop. Alexi Amarista has been Alexi Amarista.
So, I decided to use Baseball Reference to try to clarify my choices. All of these stats do not include yesterday’s game. Which, I’m sure you’ll see, really doesn’t make a difference anyway.
First, I went to Baseball Reference’s National League Leaders pages to see if anyone was among the best so far this season.
“The Final Piece,” Seth Smith, is currently tied for 10th in WAR among all player in the NL. He’s seventh in Position Player WAR and ninth in Offensive WAR. Smith is also currently fourth in OPS.
There’s really no one else offensively competing with Smith on the Padres right now.
But, in the interest of keeping it interesting, let’s add Everth Cabrera and Rene Rivera to the list of potential All-Stars. Cameron Maybin really hasn’t played enough to add him to my list, but what the heck!
Remember at the beginning of the spring, when everyone was saying how the Padres’ strength was in their pitching?
Yeah, not so much. Injuries have really done these guys wrong this season.
Not a single Padres pitcher is in the top 10 in Pitcher WAR. Tyson Ross has 6 wins, which puts him in a tie for sixth place in that category, and is tied for tenth in Strikeouts. Ian Kennedy is tied for fifth in Strikeouts and is fourth in Strikeouts per 9 Innings. Huston Street is tied for the league lead in Saves.
Even though he’s injured right now, I’m adding Andrew Cashner to the list.
So, that’s four position players and four pitchers to choose from. My vote? The Final Piece.
Now vote for who you think should go to Target Field next month. This way, a Padres player can say they won at least ONE fan vote for the All-Star Game.
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