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Mike Moustakas and Carlos Martinez win the Final Vote for the 2015 All-Star Game


When we last checked in this morning, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez were in the lead for the Final Vote for the 2015 All-Star Game. Both have held on and won the spots for their respective leagues, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports.

Boy, do people in the midwest show up to vote.

Moustakas, 26, is on the All-Star team for the first time in his five-year career. He enters play Friday batting .301/.357/.436 with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 321 plate appearances. He joins teammates Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, and the injured Alex Gordon on the American League All-Star roster.

Martinez, 23, is also a first-time All-Star. He’s 10-3 with a 2.52 ERA and a 113/43 K/BB ratio in 107 1/3 innings over 17 starts and one relief appearance. He joins teammates Trevor Rosenthal, Michael Wacha, Yadier Molina, Jhonny Peralta, and Matt Holliday on the National League All-Star roster.

And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Dodgers 6, Phillies 0: The Phillies were shut out for the second straight night, this time by Zack Greinke over eight one-hit innings. He only threw 94 pitches and probably could’ve gone the distance, but Don Mattingly likely pitied the Phillies and allowed them to take a shot at a reliever. They couldn’t do anything against Joel Peralta either, so I guess it didn’t matter. Greinke didn’t walk anyone. And he reduced his ERA to a crazy 1.39.

Yankees 6, Athletics 2: Masahiro Tanaka allowed only one earned run, two total, in seven and two-thirds innings, Jacoby Ellsbury drove in two and newly-named All-Star Brett Gardner went 3-for-5. You should really read the game story, though, which focuses on Cole Figueroa’s debut for the Yankees. The key takeaway: after his Wednesday night game for Scranton, on the road in Syracuse, he was called up and took a car service from Syracuse down to a hotel in Manhattan, getting there at 3AM. That may sound fancy, but I have had the privilege of using a car service before and I can tell you that there is nothing more awkward in the world than either (a) talking to the car service guy; or (b) NOT talking to the car service guy. It’s like that awkward small-talk-with-the-hair-stylist thing, but way longer — it’s almost four hours between Syracuse and Manhattan — with an added sheen of class stuff on top because, really, who gets driven around like that? So props to Figueroa for his 2015 debut, his sleep deprivation AND surviving a four hour ride with a total stranger.

White Sox 2, Blue Jays 0: Jeff Samardzija with a four-hit shutout. If the White Sox are considering trading him it was a nice showcase, especially given that Toronto has the best offense in the game. The Sox have won seven of nine.

Royals 8, Rays 3: Yordano Ventura came back from the DL and pitched five innings. Not fantastic innings, but healthy ones, and that’s more important right now. The Royals scored three runs in the first inning, all coming on the first five pitches. The sweep the Rays. They’re gonna miss Alex Gordon, but they’re gonna be fine.

Cardinals 4, Pirates 1: Carlos Martinez shuts out the Pirates over seven and a third innings, striking out eight. The Cards had a 4.5 game lead over Pittsburgh coming into this series and extend it to 5.5. There’s a lot of baseball to be played, but if the Cards can bury the Pirates in this series, on the road, heading into the break, it would go a long way toward ending the NL Central race before it even becomes a race.

Indians 3, Astros 1: Cody Anderson pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning in his fourth big league start. He has a 0.89 ERA since being called up from Columbus. People always seem to do better after leaving Columbus.

Marlins 2, Reds 0: Jose Fernandez wasn’t fantastic in his first start back from Tommy John surgery. He was amazing in his second, however, striking out nine batters over seven scoreless innings. He didn’t walk anyone and threw 72 out of 94 pitches for strikes. And he sure loves Miami: he’s undefeated through the first 22 home starts of his career.

Tigers 4, Twins 2: There sure were a lot of good pitching performances last night. Another: David Price’s, who allowed two unearned runs in eight innings. Ian Kinsler was 2-for-4 and drove in three. The Tigers are 8-2 against the Twins this year. They’re also amazingly dominant against the Indians. Against everyone else they rather suck. Ain’t no one loves the unbalanced schedule more than Detroit.

Rockies 5, Braves 3: Troy Tulowitzki extended his hitting streak to 21 games and Carlos Gonzalez hit three doubles. Nolan Arenado had three hits too. How a team can have a core like those three and do nothing is beyond me. It was a soggy night, with a two-hour rain delay just after the dang game started, which ended up burning both starters, seemingly needlessly. I guess they don’t have the Weather Channel in Denver.

Mariners 7, Angels 2: Felix Hernandez threw seven shutout innings and won his 11th game of the year. That ties him with Dallas Keuchel for most wins in the American League while Gerrit Cole has 12. He’s on perfect rest to start the All-Star Game on Tuesday. If I’m Ned Yost, that’s the call I make.

The Royals have formed an “alliance” with the Cardinals for the All-Star Final Vote

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This is sort of sad, hilarious and scary all at the same time: the Royals have formed an “alliance” with the Cardinals in the All-Star Final Vote thing.

How that even works I have no idea. The Royals fans give Cardinals fans the code to hack the MLB.com voting page? The Cardinals share the Devil Magic which always seems to benefit them to cover the alliance from the more metaphysical side?

More importantly, is there any Cards or Royals fan who really cares so much about the All-Star Final vote that they’d throw in with their cross-state rivals anyway? I don’t know a TON of Cards and Royals fans, but the ones I do tend not to care much for the other side. Folks form St. Louis don’t give a rip if Mike Moustakas makes the All-Star Game. Same with K.C. folks and Carlos Martinez.

But hey, at least some marketing and social media people were kept off the streets today.

UPDATE: So I guess other teams are doing this too, including Tigers/Reds, Yanks/Rockies and Dodgers/Red Sox. Which means it was almost certainly an orchestrated thing from MLB. Wheeee!

Looking at the All-Star team snubs and surprises

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For all of the complaining people like to do about All-Star teams, the voting process and all of that, the fact is that All-Star squads of the past several years have been pretty good. Part of that is that the rosters are so big now that it’s hard to truly “snub” someone. Also operating here is the unspoken fact that a good many guys beg out because of injuries — or “injuries” and ultimately most of the guys who truly want to be there and deserve to be there are actually there.

Still, there are always some weird things and oddities with All-Star rosters so, in the wake of last night’s announcement of the rosters and the Final Vote guys, let’s look at a couple of them.

Most interesting thing: None of the specific players chosen or not chosen is the most interesting thing to me. No, the most interesting thing is what seems to be Ned Yost’s desire to actually win this game and manage it like a regular game. His selection of relievers Darren O’Day, Brad Boxberger and Kelvin Herrera, along with choosing Brock Holt, who is basically a utility guy, as his Red Sox representative makes his roster look more like an actual baseball team than an All-Star team. Mixing and matching, hard-throwing relievers and a super-sub give Yost flexibility to manage the heck out of the game, for better or for worse.

Biggest Snubs: Like I said above, there are no shockers or atrocities here. Brian Dozier not making it stinks — some people think he’s the best second baseman in the game — but with Jose Altuve and Jason Kipnis in the AL, it’s hard to add him. Bruce Bochy picked his guy Madison Bumgarner over Clayton Kershaw, Carlos Martinez and Johnny Cueto, even though all three of them are having better seasons than Bumgarner is, Cueto and Martinez by a decent margin. Justin Turner could be the NL equivalent of Brock Holt — someone who can play many positions — and is hitting the daylights out of the ball, but Bochy is looking at things differently than Yost, apparently.

The Final Vote: A-Rod and Joey Votto not even making the Final Vote thing is lame, but (a) A-Rod isn’t winning any final vote unless I’m 51% of the electorate; and (b) both of them are either old or fragile enough to where they could use some time off. The same excuse doesn’t hold for Carlos Correa, who may be one of the most exciting young players in baseball and plays short at a time when shortstop is a wasteland. He should be on there, but the remaining guys are more famous, so that’s how it goes. The NL has only one position player in the Final Vote — Troy Tulowitzki — which means that there’s a good chance that the NL All-Star team is going to have 14 pitchers. Wheeee!

The Upshot: This is the All-Star Game we have now. It’s geared toward not having ties, not running out of players, especially pitchers, and not showcasing the biggest names in the game for more than a couple of innings. Everyone gets a representative, almost everyone gets to play and it resembles baseball as we know it far less than anything else that happens during the season. In light of that we don’t have a lot of snubs — almost everyone gets to come! — but we likewise don’t get to truly see a clash of the Best vs. Best, and that’s a little sad.

“Final Vote” balloting opens for 2015 MLB All-Star Game

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 03:  Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on July 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The National League and American League rosters for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game were announced earlier this evening and we predictably saw some high-profile snubs. The Esurance “Final Vote” ballot allows fans to select who they think should have made the cut. Here are the candidates…

National League

  • Johnny Cueto SP, Reds (2.84 ERA in 15 starts)
  • Jeurys Familia RP, Mets (1.16 ERA, 22 saves)
  • Clayton Kershaw SP, Dodgers (3.08 ERA, 147 K in 114 IP)
  • Carlos Martinez SP, Cardinals (2.70 ERA)
  • Troy Tulowitzki SS, Rockies (.847 OPS)

American League

  • Xander Bogaerts SS, Red Sox (.302/.339/.414 batting line)
  • Yoenis Cespedes OF, Tigers (.292 with 10 HR, 44 RBI)
  • Brian Dozier 2B, Twins (16 HR, .842 OPS)
  • Brett Gardner OF, Yankees (.854 OPS, 9 HR, 15 SB)
  • Mike Moustakas 3B, Royals (.301/.357/.436 batting line)

Of course, things could change if players get injured or bow out, but as of now Alex Rodriguez (16 HR, .902 OPS) will not be an All-Star this season. He’s clearly worthy from a production standpoint, so it’s a little silly to see him left off here, but let’s not let his exclusion overshadow his teammate Gardner, who deserves to be in Cincinnati as well.

You can vote here through Friday at 4 p.m. ET.