MLB Betting: 2014 All-Star Game Snubs

Joe Catalano

Monday, July 14, 2014 1:41 PM GMT

The MLB All-Star rosters are out and while most players are deserving of their roster spot, you’re always going to get a few positions in which players are snubbed due to a log jam. Let’s take a look.

Who’s Not Going To Minnesota?
Let me just clarify, especially for those people placing sports picks on the All-Star Games, that there are players such as Ian Kinsler and Kyle Seager who received their All-Star spot because other players such as Victor Martinez and Edwin Encarnacion are injured and unable to participate.

 

Brian Dozier
You always want the host team to have a good number of represenatives and although Kurt Suzuki will get a reserve spot off of an injury for the Minnesota Twins, there just wasn’t enough room at 2nd base for Brian Dozier. Dozier expressed his displeasure with a 3 for 6 performance with 2 HR and 4 RBI in his last game before the All-Star break against the Colorado Rockies.

 

Brett Gardner
Gardy will not be going to the All-Star Game and instead will get to watch it on television. This is a blue-collar player that most likely will never be a superstar but he has lightning quick speed and has been very consistent this season for the Yankees as his numbers indicate.

On the season, Gardner has 9 HR, 37 RBI, and a .279 BA from the leadoff position. Gardner lost a few points off of his average this past week, but that’s really irrelevant and he also had 15 swiped bags.

 

Corey Kluber
If you’re a Cleveland fan, you can’t be happy as starting pitcher Corey Kluber did enough to get on the All- Star team and left off. At 9-6, a 3.01 ERA and 142 strikeouts in 131 2/3 innings, Kluber and the Tribe fans were done a major injustice.

 

Rick Porcello
Upon hearing that he didn’t get in, Porcello (12-5, 3.39) had a really lousy outing against Tampa Bay on July 6th, but has since rebounded. He’s arguably been the best pitcher on the Detroit Tigers pitching staff.

 

Billy Hamilton
When Hamilton first started playing in the majors, people thought that all he could do is run and not get on base. That might have been the case for the first month of the season, but the leadoff speedster has been on a major tear, proving naysayers wrong.

On the season, Hamilton is batting .285 with 5 HR, 38 RBI, and 38 SB. The only knock on Hamilton is his ability to get a free pass, but other than that, he’s come on like gangbusters. Keep this in mind when you review MLB odds for your future betting consideration.

 

David Wright
I’m not saying that Wright has had a banner year, but it has to be a blow to his ego to get bypassed as the Mets captain for 2nd baseman Daniel Murphy. Wright doesn’t have huge power numbers as he plays in the pitcher friendly CitiField, but let’s face it; Wright has been inconsistent. Wright has hit .440 during the last week, but it wasn’t enough as his 8 HR, 48 RBI, and .285 BA indicate. This isn’t Billy Hamilton in the leadoff spot, this is a player that’s supposed to be a source of power for the Mets. 

 

Garrett Richards
It’s very difficult to account for every player as players are getting All-Star spots due to other players being injured, but I don’t see Garrett Richard’s name on the roster. Richards (11-2, 2.55) has been near perfect on an Angels team that has shown great improvement (to the delight of those bettors putting MLB picks on them), Richards not to be playing is a major oversight on a lot of people’s parts.