Once again, the Phillies have one lone all-star
This season, a handful of players got snubbed from the all-star roster, just like every single season. This year, Odubel Herrera is one of those players who got snubbed. Although he started this season on fire, there has been some decline. Currently, Herrera is slashing .281/.335/.469 which gives him a .804 OPS. When you pair that with his 94 hits, 15 home runs, and 51 RBIs these are first half stats of an all-star.
— Phillies Nation (@PHLPhilNation) July 8, 2018
Who actually made the NL roster and who got snubbed?
Each all-star roster has one spot remaining. A final fan vote takes place with five players on that ballot. For the NL, the starting outfield is Nick Markakis, Matt Kemp, and Bryce Harper. All three players are exceptional and are deserving of being in Washington D.C. However, Harper hasn’t been as great this season. Harper is slashing .218/.374/.472 which gives him an OPS of .846. Obviously, Harper’s OPS is higher than Herrera’s but OPS is not a huge identifier of an all-star nod. Harper has just 55 hits, 21 home runs, and 50 RBIs.
I am not going to sit here and tell you that Harper doesn’t deserve to be an all-star. However, I will sit here and tell you that Herrera deserves to be on the NL roster.
Bryce Harper is starting the all-star game. Odubel Herrera did not make it. Odubel Herrera's BWAR is over 3x as much as Bryce Harper's
— Timberwolves fan (@kai_tremoglie) July 9, 2018
There are three other outfielders on the NL all-star roster. Charlie Blackmon, Lorenzo Cain, and Christian Yelich. These are three great players having exceptional years. This leaves just one question, if not Herrera, then who?
Bryce Harper: .219, 21 HR, 50 RBI, 0.4 WAR, 3rd place NL East (All-Star starter)
Odubel Herrera: .280, 15 HR, 51 RBI, 1.3 WAR, 1st place NL East (not even an all-star reserve)
— Brayden Smith (@tweetsbybray_) July 8, 2018
This question may be one of the toughest questions of every single baseball season. There are so many great players in both leagues, and every year players have breakout seasons.
So you’re saying there’s a chance?
There is still a chance that Herrera could make the roster, but it will be tough.
Although Herrera is not on the final vote list, there is still a chance he could make the final roster. Herrera could replace a player who is currently on the roster. However, the player who he would replace would have to be unable to play in the game. If you ask me, Herrera should be on the top of the replacement list.
I am not going to sit here and say that Herrera is the biggest all-star snub in recent years. But I would like you guys too. Feel free to let me know who you think the biggest snubs are from recent years.
statistics in this article are from baseball-reference.com
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