Its that time of year again, who should be playing in the mid summer classic and who shouldn’t. A debate we as baseball fans every single year. Looking at it from the Brewers standpoint, they are having a pretty good first half and should be fairly well represented in Cleveland.
Let’s get the easy one out of the way. Christian Yelich will and should be the starting right fielder for the National League team. The reining MVP is well on his way to winning another one. He is in the top five in just about every single offensive category. He also leads the NL in stolen bases. Assuming he stays healthy he will have another shot at the Triple Crown again this year.
The guy who has been the Brewers second best player this year, and should be the starting second baseman in the NL is Mike Moustakas. Moose is currently hitting .280 with 21 homers and an OPS of .932. He is near the top of most offensive categories amongst NL second basemen. He is currently second in votes, trailing Atlanta Braves Ozzie Albies. Moose is having a significantly better offensive season, and should be rewarded. Fan voting is also very annoying because cities like Milwaukee rarely get the recognition they deserve.
First year Brewer Yasmani Grandal came to Milwaukee as advertised. He is having a very good offensive first half. He is currently third in the NL amongst catchers, trailing just Willson Contreras and Brian McCann. Contreras and Grandal have very similar numbers across the board, and both should be in Cleveland.
The lone Brewers pitcher that is a near lock for the ASG is closer Josh Hader. Hader is arguably the best reliever in the league and is a huge reason the Brewers are where they are in the NL Central. In just 35.2 innings so far this season, he has a whooping 69 strikeouts and just 12 walks. He has only given up eight runs in those 35+ innings. He is 17/18 in save opportunities this year, good for fourth in the NL.
Honorable mention goes to starting pitcher Zach Davies. Before his terrible outing in San Diego, he was fourth in the NL with a 2.60 era. He falls near 30 in both innings pitched and whip. He is having a solid year and has been a huge lift to the Brewers inconsistent starting rotation. That bad outing against the Padres probably did him in.