Miguel Montero

Montero, Kimbrel added; now up-to-the-minute All-Star rosters


According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Hank Schulman, Miguel Montero has been added to the NL All-Star roster in place of Placido Polanco.  This after Pablo Sandoval was given the spot of Jose Reyes earlier today.

So, let’s compile an up-to-date set of All-Star rosters:

American League

CF Curtis Granderson
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
1B Adrian Gonzalez
RF Jose Bautista
LF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
DH David Ortiz
2B Robinson Cano
C Alex Avila

SP Jered Weaver

SP Josh Beckett
SP Gio Gonzalez
SP Alexi Ogando (replacing CC Sabathia)
SP Michael Pineda (replacing Justin Verlander)
SP Ricky Romero (replacing Jon Lester)
SP C.J. Wilson

RP Aaron Crow
RP Brandon League
RP Chris Perez
RP David Robertson (replacing David Price)
RP Jose Valverde
RP Jordan Walden (replacing Mariano Rivera)

C Russell Martin
C Matt Wieters
1B Miguel Cabrera
1B Paul Konerko (Final Vote winner)
2B Howie Kendrick
3B Kevin Youkilis (replacing Alex Rodriguez)
SS Jhonny Peralta (replacing Derek Jeter)
OF Michael Cuddyer
OF Jacoby Ellsbury
OF Matt Joyce
OF Carlos Quentin
DH Michael Young

Will not participate
SP Felix Hernandez
SS Derek Jeter
SP David Price
SP Jon Lester (replacing Felix Hernandez)
RP Mariano Rivera
3B Alex Rodriguez
SP CC Sabathia (replacing James Shields)
SP James Shields
SP Justin Verlander

National League

2B Rickie Weeks
DH Carlos Beltran
CF Matt Kemp
1B Prince Fielder
C Brian McCann
RF Lance Berkman
LF Matt Holliday
SS Troy Tulowitzki
3B Scott Rolen (replacing Chipper Jones)

SP Roy Halladay

SP Kevin Correia (replacing Cole Hamels)
SP Jair Jurrjens
SP Clayton Kershaw
SP Cliff Lee
SP Tim Lincecum
SP Ryan Vogelsong

RP Heath Bell
RP Tyler Clippard
RP Joel Hanrahan
RP Craig Kimbrel
RP Jonny Venters
RP Brian Wilson

C Yadier Molina
C Miguel Montero (replacing Placido Polanco)
1B Gaby Sanchez
1B Joey Votto
2B Brandon Phillips
3B Pablo Sandoval (replacing Jose Reyes)
SS Starlin Castro
OF Jay Bruce
OF Andre Ethier (replacing Shane Victorino)
OF Andrew McCutchen (replacing Ryan Braun)
OF Hunter Pence
OF Justin Upton

Will not participate
OF Ryan Braun
SP Matt Cain
SP Cole Hamels
3B Chipper Jones
3B Placido Polanco
SS Jose Reyes
OF Shane Victorino (Final Vote winner)

We still don’t know who will start in place of Polanco or Braun for the NL squad or who will replace Cain on the roster. Technically, Cain won’t be officially scratched until after he takes the mound in tonight’s game. We also don’t know the NL starting pitcher or designated hitter.

6:05 p.m. EDT: The AJC’s David O’Brien says Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel will be the choice to take Cain’s spot on the roster.  An announcement should come soon after the Giants came starts at 8 p.m.

It also sounds like Rolen is going to get the start at third base over Sandoval.

6:30 p.m. EDT: I’ve adjusted the NL lineup with the confirmation that Rolen would start over Sandoval.

8:45 p.m. EDT: Kimbrel was confirmed as Cain’s replacement.

12:45 p.m. EDT: I’ve edited to include the starting lineups.

Jacob deGrom outduels Clayton Kershaw, Mets take 1-0 NLDS lead

Jacob de Grom
AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Jacob deGrom put together one of the best post-season starts in Mets history, outdueling three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw to pitch his team into a 1-0 NLDS lead. The right-hander fanned 13 over seven shutout innings, holding the Dodgers to five hits and a walk as the Mets won 3-1.

deGrom’s game score of 79 is the fifth-best by a Mets starter in the playoffs, behind Jon Matlack, Mike Hampton, Bobby Jones, and Tom Seaver, according to Baseball Reference. As Katie Sharp notes on Twitter, deGrom is one of three pitchers to hold the opposition scoreless on 13 or more strikeouts and one or fewer walks. The other two are Tim Lincecum and Mike Scott.

In the eighth inning, reliever Tyler Clippard allowed a one-out double to Howie Kendrick followed by an RBI single to Adrian Gonzalez as the Dodgers finally got on the board. Closer Jeurys Familia entered and recorded the final out of the eighth inning by inducing a weak line out from Justin Turner. In the ninth, Familia worked a 1-2-3 frame to wrap up the game.

Kershaw remains winless in the post-season since Game 1 of the 2013 NLDS, a span of seven starts. He gave up a solo home run to Daniel Murphy in the fourth inning, then walked the bases loaded in the seventh inning before departing with two outs. Reliever Pedro Baez entered and allowed two of his inherited runners to score when David Wright lined a single to center field. On the evening, Kershaw was on the hook for three runs on four hits and four walks with 11 strikeouts. Though he lost his command a bit towards the end of his start, the lefty pitched quite well and will be on the receiving end of some unnecessary criticism as a result of taking another post-season loss.

deGrom and Kershaw both struck out 11 batters, the first time that has happened in a major league post-season game.

Michael Cuddyer didn’t look too good out in left field for the Mets.

Game 2 of the NLDS will continue on Saturday at 9:00 PM EDT. Noah Syndergaard will start for the Mets opposite Zack Greinke of the Dodgers.

Clayton Kershaw, Jacob deGrom create MLB first with 11 strikeouts each in the playoffs

Jacob deGrom
AP Photo/Alex Brandon

For the first time in major league history, both pitchers in a playoff game have struck out at least 11 batters, per MLB.com’s Paul Casella. Mets starter Jacob deGrom has pitched just a hair better than Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw overall. deGrom has blanked the Dodgers over six frames on five hits and a walk. Kershaw made one mistake, resulting in a solo home run to Daniel Murphy in the fourth inning. He’s allowed four hits and four walks total in 6 2/3 innings.

The last time opposing starters each struck out 10 in a post-season game was back in 1944 in Game 5 of the World Series when Mort Cooper of the St. Louis Cardinals struck out 12 and Denny Galehouse of the St. Louis Browns struck out 10.

Michael Cuddyer not shining in left field early in NLDS Game 1

Michael Cuddyer
AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek

Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer has already made a pair of mistakes in left field and he’s only four innings into the first game of the best-of-five NLDS against the Dodgers.

Leading off the second inning, Justin Turner sent a well-struck liner to Cuddyer which was quite catchable, but the ball clanked off of the veteran’s glove. Turner was credited with a double. Mets starter Jacob deGrom was able to work around the misplay, striking out Andre Ethier, A.J. Ellis, and Clayton Kershaw to close out the frame.

With two outs in the third inning, Corey Seager sent a fly ball down the left field line. Cuddyer took an inefficient route and the ball bounced about a foot inside the foul line, then into the stands, giving Seager a ground-rule double. To add insult to injury, Cuddyer ended up tumbling over the fence. deGrom, again, worked around Cuddyer’s mistake, striking out Adrian Gonzalez to end the inning.

Because he bats right-handed, Cuddyer got the start in left field over the left-handed-hitting rookie Michael Conforto against Kershaw, a southpaw. Conforto mustered only a .481 OPS against lefties this season compared to Cuddyer’s .698. Despite the batting disparity, one wonders how short a leash manager Terry Collins has on Cuddyer given his defense.