5 Pittsburgh Pirates Who Should Be 2013 MLB All-Stars
Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star Predictions
The Pittsburgh Pirates are in a place that is certainly unfamiliar to them in recent years: first place, with the best record in all of baseball. Obviously, with the All-Star break approaching, the Pirates will surely have more than their fair share of players heading to Citi Field to participate in the events, right? If I was making the rosters, I would have at least five Pirates on the team, but with the way the MLB All-Star game is constructed (fan voting for starters), that won’t happen.
Something else that the Pirates and their fans aren’t used to is having more than one or two legitimate candidates to even make the Midsummer Classic. The years of getting only the mandatory player from each team onto the All-Star team appear to be gone. Hopefully the Pirates are able to send at least four or five players going forward. With the Pirates having the best bullpen in baseball, I see two legitimate candidates there. I see a certain Pirates’ catcher that is certainly deserving; but may not make it because of Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals and Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants. The Pirates could easily send two outfielders to the All-Star game, as well as a power-hitting third baseman nicknamed “El Toro”. A starting pitcher that seemed to be an after-thought prior to the season is almost certainly going to make it, because he has been lights out — and a little lucky.
If you want to see who my final predictions are from the Pirates to make the All-Star team, read on. If you couldn’t care less about it, read anyway!
Andrew McCutchen is a superstar. While he isn't having an MVP caliber season like he did in 2012, he has still been very good, and easily deserves to be an All-Star.
Russell Martin deserves to be the third catcher on the National League All-Star roster, not because of his bat, but because he has caught 50 percent of stolen base attempts against him this season.
Jason Grilli is a great story, and he has been through a whole lot of adversity throughout his career. He only has one blown save, and has led the league in saves basically all season. He has been the best closer in baseball — he will be an All-Star.
Pedro Alvarez leads all MLB third baseman in home runs and RBIs. He has improved his defense now, and is even one of the better third baseman in the game defensively. If he gets in the Home Run Derby, he will win it.
With eight wins and an ERA below 2.20, Jeff Locke has been a huge surprise for the Pirates. I don't believe the win-loss stat is all that important for pitchers, but the guy hasn't lost since his first start. He needs to be an All-Star.
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