Herrera, Nola, Arrieta Land on ESPN’s MLB All-Star List
With the MLB All-Star game just a month away, it's time to take a look at which Phillies might be candidates to make the mid-summer classic.
ESPN’s David Schoenfield published his “Still-too-early MLB All-Star rosters” – as a sequel to his February version, the “Way-too-early” roster.
Back in February, left fielder Rhys Hoskins was the lone Phillies representative picked by tghe MLB writer. On the new version, Odubell Herrera gets the nod as the starting centerfielder, along with starting pitchers Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta as the representative for the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Phillies ace, had a spectacular start for the Phillies in Los Angles his last time out, Nola allowed just one run on two hits over seven innings in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Dodgers, striking out seven in the process. This season Nola has been All-Star worthy, with a 2.18 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 74/18 K/BB ratio in 78 1/3 innings pitched.
As for Arrieta, who was hit around in his most recent outing in San Francisco, giving up eight hits, five runs in six innings of work. On the season, the former Cubs ace was 2-1 record with a 0.90 ERA and 20 strikeouts over 30 innings in five outings this May.
Nola is the third, and Arrieta was the seventh of seven starting pitchers on Schoenfield’s staff, joining the Nationals’ Max Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg, the Mets’ Jacob deGrom and Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks'.
The other Phillies player, Herrera, was listed as his starting centerfielder, thanks in part to his .306/.368/.476 to go along with seven home runs, 32 RBI and 25 runs scored.
In February, Schoenfield predicted Hoskins would make the team, but his struggles have taken him off the list. Hoskins is currently hitting just .233 with six homers and 28 RBI over 176 at-bats and is on the 10-day DL with a broken jaw.
One other Phillie that got mentioned in the article was second baseman Cesar Hernandez, who is having a real solid season, slashing .264/.375/.415 with 38 runs scored, 10 stolen bases.