I know it is exceedingly early to be doing this, but MLB.com sent me an on-line invitation to cast my votes for this season’s All-Stars, and I couldn’t resist. I’m sure some of my picks might very well change several weeks from now, but then again, I have a feeling that several of them would not. Here’s my early ballot for 2013:
1B Chris Davis – .356 / 7 / 22
2B Robinson Cano – .325 / 6 / 14
3B Miguel Cabrera – .367 / 2 / 19
SS Jed Lowrie – .366 / 3 / 14
C Joe Mauer – .366 / 2 / 8
OF Michael Bourne – .333 2 / 2 (well, he doesn’t get paid to drive in runs)
OF Alex Gordon – .338 / 1 / 11
OF Adam Jones – .345 / 3 / 16
DH Lance Berkman – .345 / 2 / 14
Starting Pitcher: Matt Moore – 4-0, 1.04 ERA, 0.923 WHIP
Two months from now, I’ll still probably be voting for Cano, Cabrera, Mauer, Gordon and Jones. Davis will still be a reasonable possibility, though let’s not rule out Albert Pujols. Gordon has been the most underrated player in the A.L. for the past two seasons. All Berkman ever does is hit. HOF, anyone?
Michael Bourne could also still make my ballot, though I have to wonder if Mike Trout or Josh Reddick will bump him off by then. Adam Jones is a fine young player in his prime. Lowrie always gets off to a hot start, and may be the player most likely to exit this list at a later date. I know we don’t get to vote for pitchers, but Matt Moore would be my choice.
1B Paul Goldschmidt – .329 / 4 / 16
2B Daniel Murphy – .347 / 2 / 13
3B David Wright – .309 / 2 / 16
SS Brandon Crawford – .320 / 4 / 10
C Yadier Molina – .308 / 2 / 14
OF Carlos Gonzalez – .320 / 4 / 12
OF Shin-Soo Choo – .392 / 3 / 9 (Has already been hit by pitches 10 times this year, and sports a .534 on-base percentage!)
OF Bryce Harper – .351 / 7 / 15
SP Matt Harvey – 4-0, 1.54 ERA, 0.686 WHIP (Harvey vs. Moore, now there’s a 21st-Century match-up.)
How about that outfield? Carlos Gonzalez would look good in a Mets uniform. As a Mets fan, you may think that I voted for Murphy, Wright and Harvey (again, I didn’t actually “vote” for Harvey) because they play for the Mets. Not so. There have been recent seasons when I didn’t vote for a single Mets player. If you suck, you suck. I don’t care which uniform you wear. But, at this point, Wright and Murphy are legitimate choices.
With all due respect to Buster Posey, Yadier Molina is the best catcher in the Majors. And though the Mets John Buck has already swatted seven homers, I’ll take Molina as my All-Star starting catcher.
Goldschmidt could very well be my choice two months from now, but let’s not forget that Joey Votto is still one of the best players in the game. Brandon Crawford is my current choice, subject to change. I doubt that outfield will change at all. (What ever happened to Matt Kemp?) And Matt Harvey? Unless he blows his arm out, God forbid, he may be my choice for years to come.
What are your thoughts about the early season All-Star favorites?