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9 MLB players who should be first-time All-Stars at Dodger Stadium

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At some point, everyone participates in the All-Star Game for the first time.

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Oh, this year’s Dodger Stadium at Dodger Stadium will feature the biggest event of the Major League Baseball season, with no shortage of old understudies, from Aaron Judge to Freddie Freeman Justin Verlander. There should be plenty of representatives in the Dodgers’ hometown, starting with current field vote leader Mookie Betts. However, while web-friendly faces are the key to any big game, it’s new blood that can often spice it up.

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In doing so, USA TODAY Sports examines nine players who deserve a plane ticket to Los Angeles (well, no one really deserves that fate) and a star turn before baseball spectators:

Jordan Alvarez, LF, Astros

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The Department of Apparent is checking to get this guy out of the way. It seems incredible that Alvarez, now in his fourth season, has yet to make the All-Star team, but this year he will qualify in style with a 1,081 OPS and .667 shooting percentage, which, along with his 206 adjusted OPS, leads the Major. leagues. AL MVP is Aaron Judge, who should lose, but here’s your winner in the mortal category.

Martin Perez is 6-2 with a 2.22 ERA through 15 starts.
Martin Perez is 6-2 with a 2.22 ERA through 15 starts.

Martin Perez, SP, Rangers

Texas’ inspiring rise from terrible to mediocre was not driven by their average half-billion dollar infield by Corey Seeger and Marcus Semien, but rather by the pitch. The 31-year-old Perez has dominated, going 6-0 in his last 13 starts (Rangers won 11 of them) with a 1.79 ERA and just two homers allowed in 85 1/3 innings. Accordingly, he becomes a Ranger, spending the first seven seasons of his career at Arlington.

Andres Jimenez was part of Cleveland's return in a January 2021 trade that sent Francisco Lindor to the Mets.
Andres Jimenez was part of Cleveland’s return in a January 2021 trade that sent Francisco Lindor to the Mets.

Andres Jimenez, 2B, Guardians

We’re not saying here that Cleveland “won” the Francisco Lindor trade, we’re just saying Jimenez is worth 3.0 WAR this season and Lindor is worth 1.9. Oh, and Amed Rosario, packed with Jimenez, is 1.7, rebuilding the league’s average striker form. But Jimenez, 23, was superb, leading AL second basemen with a .310 batting average, .854 OPS second only to Jose Altuva, and an 89.4 mph exit average that can only be surpassed by Gleyber Torres.

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Yankees forward Michael King scored 56 strikeouts in 26 games.
Yankees forward Michael King scored 56 strikeouts in 26 games.

Michael King, RP, Yankees

The loot goes to the winners, and we’re not going to stop this 56-20 juggernaut from being crowned mid-season. Aaron Judge, Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortez, Clay Holmes – leave, but leave room for King, who played the first half as importantly as Holmes. King’s leverage index of 1.58 nearly matched Holmes’s of 1.64, and he held up 15 of 18 runners, recording 12 holds, a save and batting out 56 batters in 41 ⅔ innings. Why are the Yankees so good? The referee is a quick and sexy response and Holmes can back your fantastic team, but King is a key part of the formula.

Jazz Chisholm had an .860 OPS on Tuesday.
Jazz Chisholm had an .860 OPS on Tuesday.

Jazz Chisholm Jr., 2B, Marlins

To get into this team, it is not necessary to have stellar qualities. But let’s just say it doesn’t hurt, and Chisholm’s big first-half Eurostep shot would add significant star power to Dodger Stadium. However, his 14 home runs are almost twice as many as the nearest NL second baseman, and his .860 OPS also leads the way, easily vindicating merit. A much more aesthetic attempt to bring jazz to LA than La La Land.

Tony Gonsolin, SP, Dodgers

Knock out Walker Buhler before September, throw Clayton Kershaw in Illinois for a while and put the distant, attractive Trevor Bauer back in mothballs, and how bad will the Dodgers be? Well, they got the answer: not so bad as long as Gonsolin throws better than anyone in the NL. Over the years in the Dodgers pitching machine, Catman has earned the right to have gloves off his paws, and it’s been impressive: a 1.81 ERA, a 9-0 record and a .85 WHIP. His 2.5 win probability added him to second place in the NL. Translation: He saved them, and on July 19, 53,000 fans will thank him.

Tommy Edman led the NL with 58 runs on Tuesday.
Tommy Edman led the NL with 58 runs on Tuesday.

Tommy Edman, SS/2B, Cardinals

A critical stabilizing force with Paul DeJong sent to the minors, Edman amassed 4.3 bWAR and is only behind teammate Paul Goldschmidt and Manny Machado with 3.5 fWAR. The defending Golden Glove winner’s advanced hitting numbers won’t surprise anyone, but he leads the NL with 58 runs scored, has an OBP of .342, and helped resurrect a Cardinals club that looked like they could be beaten by the Brewers.

Joe Musgrove, SP, Padres

Another “Didn’t he do this before?” guy, Musgrove’s 2.12 ERA is second in the NL, a full run better than teammate Yoo Darvish, and he’s fourth in the WHIP (0.95). Bonus points for his expected free will, which might spark a couple of talking points.

Travis d’Arno, C, Braves

His 11 home runs lead among major league catchers, his .829 OPS is better than any NL catcher except for Contreras, and it seems like the dude hits “d’arNuke” every night that puts the Braves ahead. A pleasant homecoming in Southern California for the Lakewood native.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB All-Star Game: These 9 Players Should Be LA’s 2022 Rookies



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