Chase Utley Is the Phillies’ Only All-Star

The All-Star rosters were unveiled this evening on ESPN. The 37-51 Phillies will have only one representative at the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota: second baseman Chase Utley, who will start for the National League.

Outfielder Marlon Byrd and starter Cole Hamels were other worthy candidates to make the roster as reserves, but it is no travesty that they were left off considering their competition.

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  1. SteveH

    July 07, 2014 05:34 AM

    Bill,

    You can’t forget about Papelbon. He was deserving and I am a bit surprised he didn’t get a nod.

    • Bill Baer

      July 07, 2014 09:59 AM

      The NL has five slots for relievers. The five that were selected — Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman, Francisco Rodriguez, Tony Watson, Pat Neshek — were all plenty deserving, and there were a few more deserving than Papelbon left off.

      (Using basic stats since that’s what they use)

      Jonathan Papelbon: 33.1 IP, 1.35 ERA, 19/21 SV
      Huston Street: 32.0 IP, 1.13 ERA, 23/24 SV
      Rafael Soriano: 35.0 IP, 1.03 ERA, 21/23 SV

      For non-closers, you could make arguments for these four:

      Santiago Casilla: 33.1 IP, 1.08 ERA, 3 SV
      Joaquin Benoit: 36.2 IP, 1.23 ERA, 1 SV
      Zach Duke: 34.2 IP, 1.30 ERA, 0 SV
      Drew Storen: 27.0 IP, 1.33 ERA, 0 SV

      I’m not too chapped about Papelbon being left off.

      • Bob

        July 07, 2014 01:06 PM

        Paps has an xFIP of 4.00, worst gb% since 2009, hasn’t given up a HR, a 3.25 SIERA compared to a 1.35 ERA, and a babip about .040 lower than expected. We need to trade him fast before he blows up.

  2. GB

    July 07, 2014 06:46 AM

    Love Utley, but he has been pretty awful since May and this continues to show how the ASG selections are mostly about name recognition

    • Richard

      July 07, 2014 09:27 AM

      Also the fact he’s still the best 2nd baseman in the league, “pretty awful since May” or not.

  3. Jerry Anthony Giampetro

    July 07, 2014 06:49 AM

    Bill,

    Thank you for your consideration of my article.

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