Which Phillies are in the Running for the MLB All-Star Game
Voting has started for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which is set for July 17 in Washington, D.C. With the Phillies currently in playoff position, there is a good possibility they could have multiple representatives on the National League team this season.
Here’s a look at which Phillies players are in contention to be 2018 All-Stars.
Starting Pitcher: Aaron Nola
The Phillies 24-year-old right-hander, has made a case to be considered oneof the very best starting pitchers in the National League this year. He is second in the NL in wins, third in the NL in ERA, and second in the NL in WHIP.
Outfield: Odubel Herrera
Herrera has been one of the Phillies’ best hitters ever since he arrived from Texas in the Rule 5 Draft. The 2016 NL All-Star is starting to establish himself as one of the top players in the National League. He’s been piling up hits and reaching base at a rate that suggests he’ll be able to find a place as at the very least a NL reserve in D.C. He’s eighth in the NL in hits (64), 10th in the NL in batting average (.305), 19th in on-base percentage (.366), and is 17th in OPS (.838).
Starting pitcher: Jake Arrieta
It will be pretty hard to keep Arrieta off the All-Star team, even after Saturday's rough outing, where he allowed five earned runs, eight hits and no walks with four strikeouts over six innings in a loss Sunday in San Francisco.
Overall, he’s 5-3 with a 2.66 ERA over 11 starts (64 1/3 innings). But there’s a lot of competition at starting pitcher, and he could be the odd man out depending on how things shake out considering each team is guaranteed one representative.
On the bubble
Second base: Cesar Hernandez
Hernandez is having a solid overall season, hitting .264 with seven homers, 38 runs and 10 steals, which are both ranked second among all NL second baseman.
Relief Pitcher: Seranthony Dominguez
Dominguez has yet to give up a run in his 11 MLB appearances. In 13.2 innings, he has 15 strikeouts, a win, two saves and six holds - pretty productive in limited time. If he keeps this pace up, he could get consideration as a relief pitcher, who can throw two innings. He has give up just two hits all season and has a WHIP of 0.15.