The American League had some notable starting pitching snubs when the rosters were unveiled this evening. So it is no surprise that the five American Leaguers on the Final Vote list are starters:
- SP: Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
- SP: Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
- SP: Rick Porcello, Detroit Tigers
- SP: Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels
- SP: Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
On the National League side, it’s all hitters:
- 1B: Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
- 3B: Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
- 3B: Casey McGehee, Miami Marlins
- 1B: Justin Morneau, Colorado Rockies
- OF: Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves
Voting closes on Thursday at 4 PM ET.
As we moved to the top of the eighth inning things started to loosen up. Which was good for the American League but not for the Senior Circuit.
Josh Hader of the Brewers was pitching and, in very un-2018-style, the American League strung together a couple of hits, with Shin-Soo Choo and George Springer singling. At that point Jen Segura of the Mariners came to the plate while Joe Buck spoke to National League outfielder Charlie Blackmon on the mic. Blackmon was entertaining until Joey Votto failed to corral a would-be foul out from Segura, at which point he tensed up a bit. Then Segura launched a massive three-run homer to left. Blackmon called Buck “bad luck,” Mitch Moreland singled and Blackmon said that if the next pitch wasn’t a double play ball, he was bailing on the broadcast.
With the Americans leading 5-2, Dave Roberts made a pitching change, bringing in Brad Hand with one out in the inning. Buck bid adieu to Blackmon, for which Blackmon seemed thankful. These mic’d up players are fun, but there’s a limit to how much distraction they’ll endure, even in a meaningless exhibition game.
Hand struck out Michael Brantley and then