With the 2013 All-Star Game fast approaching, the Washington Nationals have one player on the fringe of starting in left field.
His name is Bryce Harper. He missed over a month with knee bursitis.
The next closest National is third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who is currently in fifth, roughly three million votes behind the leader in David Wright. After that, there are no other Washington position players in the top five in voting. This begs a pretty pivotal question regarding Washington’s representation in the Midsummer Classic.
Will Washington have any positional representation in the All-Star Game?
Last year, Washington had Ian Desmond and Harper at the game, though they were both reserves with Harper being an injury replacement and Desmond skipping the game because of oblique issues. Washington was represented well on the mound, with Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez being selected and pitching in the game.
This year could be more of the same as we could see Jordan Zimmermann join Strasburg and Gonzalez in the game. What’s more, Zimmermann could even start the game.
The fact that Washington has poor representation in voting is because of injuries and sluggish play. The Nationals’ fan base is not yet fully built and there is probably still trepidation in going all in with this team because of how their season ended last year, combined with their 2013 start.
Washington also has gotten poor production from certain positions as a byproduct of these injuries. If Danny Espinosa had been placed on the DL and demoted sooner, perhaps Anthony Rendon enters the All-Star conversation at second base.
Davey Johnson is on Bruce Bochy‘s staff, so some Nationals may be picked as reserves. But if not for Harper, Washington’s pitching will be in the spotlight. As far as Zimmermann starting, my money is (sadly) on Matt Harvey, which is not a bad choice at all.
Zimmermann would be better, though.