The 2012 RealGM MLB All-Star ReservesAuthored by Andrew Perna - 9th July, 2012 - 9:58 pm
In naming our starting lineups for the 2012 All-Star Game, we picked nine different players among the 18 men that will actually trot out onto the field at Kauffman Stadium. Those calls, however, were easy compared to selecting the bench players for each league.
In case you missed it, here is what the RealGM starting lineups look like:
Catcher: Joe Mauer, Twins
First Base: Prince Fielder, Tigers
Second Base: Robinson Cano, Yankees
Shortstop: Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians
Third Base: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
Outfield: Josh Hamilton, Rangers
Outfield: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
Outfield: Mike Trout, Angels
Designated Hitter: David Ortiz, Red Sox
Pitcher: Jered Weaver, Angels
Catcher: Carlos Ruiz, Phillies
First Base: Joey Votto, Reds
Second Base: Brandon Phillips, Reds
Shortstop: Ian Desmond, Nationals
Third Base: David Wright, Mets
Outfield: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
Outfield: Ryan Braun, Brewers
Outfield: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
Designated Hitter: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
Pitcher: R.A. Dickey, Mets
I will select twelve pitchers for each league, because I have already named a starter, and ten position players to round out my squads. That will give each team 32 players (Dear Major League Baseball, your rosters are exorbitant). I will not abide by the arcane rule of making sure every team is represented.
Catcher: A.J. Pierzynski, Chicago -- Leads the position in HRs and RBI.
First Base: Paul Konerko, Chicago -- Hitting .329 with 14 HRs at age 36.
Second Base: Jason Kipnis, Cleveland -- Trails only Cano in HR, RBI among AL 2B.
Third Base: Adrian Beltre, Texas -- Deserves to be here, just not by starting over Miggy.
Shortstop: Derek Jeter, New York -- Despite cooling down, hitting .308 with seven HRs.
Outfield: Austin Jackson, Detroit -- Hitting .332/.408/.545 for the Tigers.
Outfield: Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles -- 22 HRs and 57 RBI with .306 average.
Outfield: Curtis Granderson, New York -- Still on a power surge with the Yankees.
Designated Hitter: Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto -- Gets nod over Adam Dunn because of an average nearly 100 points higher.
OF: Adam Jones, Baltimore -- Does not walk a lot, but numbers are great.
RHP: Justin Verlander, Detroit -- Workhorse tied for lead in Ks (128).
LHP: David Price, Tampa Bay -- Tied for leads in wins (11) and nice 2.82 ERA.
LHP: Chris Sale, Chicago -- 10-2 mark with 2.19 ERA in fifteen starts.
RHP: Yu Darvish, Texas -- He has not disappointed through his first 16 appearances.
LHP: C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles -- Has the third-best ERA (2.43) in AL.
RHP: Jim Johnson, Baltimore -- Leads AL in saves (26).
RHP: Fernando Rodney, Tampa Bay -- In 38.2 innings, reliever has 0.93 ERA.
RHP: Jonathan Broxton, Kansas City -- Has 1.99 ERA and 21 saves for hometown Royals.
RHP: Joe Nathan, Texas -- Saved 18 games for Rangers with 0.94 WHIP.
RHP: Felix Hernandez, Seattle -- 6-5 with 3.13 ERA and 128 Ks.
RHP: Ivan Nova, New York -- 10-3 with 3.92 ERA and 100 Ks.
LHP: CC Sabathia, New York -- 9-3 with 105 Ks and 3.45 ERA for first-place Yankees.
Catcher: Yadier Molina, St. Louis -- Hitting .304/.357/.500 with 13 HRs and 45 RBI.
First Base: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona -- Has 12 HRs and 42 RBI with .302 average.
Second Base: Dan Uggla, Atlanta -- His .351 OBP makes up for a .221 average.
Third Base: David Freese, St. Louis -- Following up the 2011 postseason nicely.
Shortstop: Starlin Castro, Chicago -- He will flirt with 200 hits this season.
Outfield: Melky Cabrera, San Francisco -- Only McCutchen has a better average.
Outfield: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami -- Injured or not, 19 HR/50 RBI does it.
Outfield: Matt Holliday. St. Louis -- Hitting .317/.397/.520 with 14 dingers.
Outfield: Michael Bourn, Atlanta -- The speedster (25 STLs) is showing some power (7 HRs).
Outfield: Martin Prado, Atlanta -- Hitting .321/.382/.457 with 37 RBI and 11 STLs.
RHP: Matt Cain, San Francisco -- Mr. Perfect has 118 Ks and a 2.62 ERA.
RHP: Ryan Dempster, Chicago -- Lights out with 1.99 ERA in 13 starts.
RHP: Stephen Strasburg, Washington -- He is 9-4 with 128 Ks and 2.82 ERA.
LHP: Gio Gonzalez, Washington -- His 2.92 ERA and 118 Ks lead to 12-3 mark.
RHP: Zack Greinke, Milwaukee -- In 19 starts, he is 9-3 with 3.32 ERA.
RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta -- 25 saves with 1.36 ERA and 0.70 WHIP.
RHP: Joel Hanrahan, Pittsburgh -- He has allowed just nine earned runs in 35 games.
RHP: Huston Street, Colorado -- 13-for-13 in saves opportunities and 1.13 ERA.
LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati -- 71 Ks in 39.1 innings.
LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles -- In 120.2 innings, 119 Ks and 2.91 ERA.
RHP: James McDonald, Pittsburgh -- He is 9-3 with 100 Ks and 2.37 ERA.
RHP: Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati -- With 2.39 ERA, he is 10-5 in 18 starts.