2013 MLB All-Star Game: Top 10 Players on the AL Roster
American League All-Stars Top 10
The 2013 MLB All-Star game is merely days away. The American League and National League will both be showcasing their best in hopes to win home-field advantage in the World Series.
Both rosters are currently being assembled and juggled. Whether it be an injury like Yu Darvish, or a pitcher that starts on Sunday and isn't allowed to pitch the All-Star game, both managers are dealing with chess matches. The managers are trying to put together a roster that gives the fans entertainment along with a showcase of the best talent in the game. However, they must also keep in mind that this game is no longer just an exhibition. This game has implications on which side will control home-field advantage during the World Series.
Both rosters, of course, are full of players that are the very best at their respective positions. Both lineups have the ability to play small ball and to also hit one out of the park. Just like both sides have pitchers that could potentially throw a shutout every time they pitch. That's what makes the game so interesting. The All-Star game could wind up 2-1 or 8-7. Either way, fans are just hoping for a good, entertaining game.
The American League Roster is full of amazing talent. The pitching staff, anchored by undefeated Max Scherzer, will try to contain the National League batters while Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera lead the way on offense. Here's a breakdown of the best 10 players on the American League Roster.
10. Edwin Encarnacion - First Base
Encarnacion is making his first All-Star appearance. Many people feel like he should have made the team last year, but was left off. With 24 home runs and 69 RBIs, Encarnacion will be a dangerous threat coming off the bench for the AL All-Stars.
9. Joe Nathan - Pitcher
Joe Nathan is quietly having an outstanding year as the closer for the Texas Rangers. Coming into the weekend series with the Detroit Tigers, he already has 30 saves on the season and has a staggering 1.36 ERA.
8. Manny Machado - Third Base
Machado just celebrated his 21st birthday and the Oriole's third baseman is already an All-Star. Machado is batting .314 on the season, but it's his work in the field that is grabbing the attention of MLB fans. In a game against the New York Yankees, Machado bobbled a hit from Luis Cruz and by the time he recovered to throw the ball he was nearly on the warning track in fout territory. Machado turned and threw a perfect strike to first baseman Chris Davis to get the out.
7. Jose Bautista - Outfield
Bautista is only hitting .257 for the Blue Jays this season, but he currently has 20 home runs, 19 doubles and 54 RBIs. This is his fourth-straight All-Star selection.
6. Adam Jones - Outfielder
Another Baltimore Oriole that makes the list. Jones is currently hitting .292 with 17 home runs and 24 doubles. He also has 114 hits on the season and 64 RBIs. Jones has won the gold glove twice already in his career and is on pace to possibly win a third one this season.
5. Felix Hernandez - Pitcher
Hernandez has a 9-4 record with the Seattle Mariners, and has a 2.69 ERA in 19 games. Currently sitting 11 games under .500, Seattle is 12th in the American League in Runs, 13th in batting average and 12th in on-base percentage. These numbers show just how bad the Seattle offense is and how amazing it is that King Felix is 9-4.
4. Mike Trout - Outfield
Trout is having another amazing year for the Anaheim Angels. This third-year player is already making his second All-Star game appearance. Trout currently has a .323 batting average, 15 home runs, 29 doubles and seven triples.
3. Max Scherzer - Pitcher
When talking about the best pitchers in the game of baseball, Scherzer's name doesn't come up very much. However, this season in 18 games, he is 13-0 with a 3.06 ERA. He has 146 strikeouts and has only given up 29 walks.
2. Miguel Cabrera - Third base
Last year's Triple-Crown winner is basically having a better year this year. Cabrera is batting .367 with 30 home runs and 95 RBIs. He's on pace again to possibly make another run at the Tiple-Crown. However, there's one person that is threatening his chances at repeating.
1. Chris Davis - First Base
Nobody could have imagined at the beginning of the season that Chris Davis would be at the top of this list. Over half of his 105 hits have gone for extra bases. Davis leads the league with 35 home runs. Only Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Reggie Jackson have had more home runs before the All-Star break. As a matter of fact, if he doesn't hit another home run the rest of the season, Davis will still finish with a career high in home runs for a season.
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