We’re in June so don’t even think about telling me it’s too early to vote (well it may be, but who cares), I just voted for the All Star Game and here are the Sox I feel should be represented this summer. We’ve had quite the turnaround from last season when Brock Holt was picked as the obligatory one player to rep the Sox, as this season we very may well have three or four men on the field, which is pretty darn exciting.
Anyway, here are my picks:
Duh. If you don’t vote for Bogey then you’re just stupid. Bogaerts has been stellar at the plate and in the field as he is emerging as a truly dominant shortstop; at 23 years old he leads the league in hits and average posting a .359/.405/.527 line while mashing eight homers, 20 doubles, and driving in 44. He’s been elite in nearly every sense of the word and the fact that he can only get better gives me the warm fuzzies.
He’s gone under the radar a bit, but Pedey has had a very nice bounceback year for the BoSox. In 60 games played the veteran second baseman has batted .311 (highest average in eight years) with a .317 OBP and .474 SLG. He’s smacked seven homers, along with a triple and 18 doubles while driving in 27 and stealing four bases. Not to mention his .987 fielding percentage as he has been slick as ever at second.
Betts had a bit of a slow start this season, but has since really picked up the pace. The slim outfielder stands with a .289/.339/.524 line with 14 homers (had 18 all last season), four triples, 14 doubles, and 47 RBIs out of the leadoff spot. Not to mention his 11 stolen bases and solid play in the field, the kid can mash, run, catch–he really can do it all!
Jackie Bradley Jr
Either you think JBJ is the best thing to happen to baseball or you’re wrong. At 26 Jackie seems to have found a groove as he is hitting .311 on the season with a .391 OBP and .579 SLG–all career highes by a wide margin. He’s smacked 10 homers, leads the league with five triples, swiped five bases, and has displayed masterful play out in center. It’ll be tough, the AL has a lot of great outfielders, but I think Jackie deserves it.
I really don’t need to say anything here. It’s his last season, which earns Papi big sympathy points, but also look at his stats:
.340/.423/.708, 16HR, one 3B, 27 2B, 55 RBIs, bolded are league leading. Papi is on pace for a 40HR season with 140+ RBI alongisde a career high in average, he’s a f*cking monstah.
It’s not the first time a knuckleballer took the mound in the summer classic. Wright is easily the best pitcher the Sox have, and one of the best in the AL. He’s 7-4 this season (career high in wins), with a 2.09 ERA (leads the AL) over 82 innings of work. During that span he’s allowed 60 hits and walked 33, while striking out 70 as he has been a rock in the rotation and the savior of many a bad stretch. Not saying Wright should start, but he deserves to make it.
There ya have it, my All Star picks. Be sure to vote this year, I can’t go through another one-team All Star game again watching the Royals take the field (gags).