Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.

Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz replaces Matt Carpenter on the All-Star team


Another hour passes, another snub rectified. This one due to a legit injury to Matt Carpenter, the teammate of the guy added to the team.

That guy added: Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz, who has a great case to be on the All-Star team regardless of any injuries to anyone. He’s hitting .319 with 12 home runs, 44 RBI, 22 doubles, 54 runs scored, a .382 on-base percentage and a .534 slugging percentage as a rookie.  He’s among NL leaders in batting average (6th), runs scored (7th) and doubles (6th). He was a life saver when Jhonny Peralta went down early in the season and ended up moving him over to third base.

Corey Kluber replaces Marco Estrada on the All-Star roster


The most boring and pointless thing to talk about this week and into early next week are All-Star snubs. For one thing, when you have a fan voting system and an “every team must have a representative” system, merit is only tangentially related to All-Star rosters, rendering the concept of “snubs” rather pointless. More to the point, however: a HUGE number of the guys who were putatively snubbed will end up making the All-Star team anyway due to injuries, “injuries” and guys simply backing out for various reasons, even if MLB doesn’t want them to.

The first replacement just came down: Indians starter Corey Kluber has been named to the AL All-Star roster as a replacement for Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada, who has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Kluber is 8-8 with a 3.79 ERA, striking out 114 batters in 114 innings. He’s been better than his record too, holding a 1.04 WHIP and limiting batters to a .219 batting average. Kluber joins fellow Indians Danny Salazar and Francisco Lindor on the roster.

There will be a lot more of these. Some for legit DL injuries like Estrada’s, some for ailments which, miraculously, heal late next week.


Mark Trumbo hits two more bombs, leads all of baseball with 26 homers

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Mark Trumbo was traded away from Seattle last December for basically nothing. He’s making them regret that this year.

Trumbo went 3-for-6 with a double, two solo home runs and three runs scored in yesterday’s win over the Dodgers. He’s now hitting .285/.334/.570 with a major league leading 26 homers and 64 runs driven in. That’s a 50-home run pace. Trumbo has hit 30+ homers twice, but that was three and four years ago. He hit 14 homers in 2014 and 22 last season.

Yesterday it was announced that Trumbo would take part in the Home Run Derby. It’s well-deserved. Not bad for a guy that only cost the Orioles Steve Clevenger.