Saturday will be a big day for many big leaguers as 66 players will be named to rosters for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. The announcement of the rosters will be televised by Fox during the pregame show of their Game of the Week, beginning at 3:30 p.m. PT.
Both the National League and American League will name 33 players to their roster on Saturday, in the following manner:
- Fans vote for starting position players, eight in the NL and nine in the AL (including designated hitter).
- Players vote for one player at each position, plus five starting pitchers and three relief pitchers in each league. If the top player vote matches the fan vote, the second place player is taken at that position.
- Managers (Bruce Bochy in the National League, Jim Leyland in the American League), in conjunction with the commissioners office, select the remaining players in the rosters, nine players in the NL and seven in the AL.
Each major league team must be represented by at least one All-Star.
The one lock for the Dodgers to make the All-Star team is Clayton Kershaw, who at 7-5 with a major league best 1.93 ERA in 18 starts has a chance to start the game at Citi Field in New York on Tuesday, July 16.
Kershaw was an All-Star in 2011 and 2012 for the Dodgers as well.
Yasiel Puig has taken the baseball world by storm, and is hitting an obscene .420/.449/.706 with eight home runs, but has only played 30 games. It is unlikely that Puig will be voted in by players or selected by Bochy, so his only likely avenue to the game is through the Final Vote.
MLB will select five candidates in each league, also to be announced on Saturday, who will compete for the 34th and final roster spot on each All-Star team. Voting will run until Thursday, when the winners will be announced. Bryce Harper won the NL Final Vote in 2012 as a rookie, though he had played about five weeks longer than did Puig.
Hanley Ramirez has been just as productive as Puig, hitting .413/.455/.728 with seven home runs, but he has played even less than Puig, so his All-Star chances are slim and none.
The other two possibilities for the Dodgers are a pair of pitchers, though each seems like a long shot.
Kenley Jansen has a 2.55 ERA with 59 strikeouts and just seven walks this season. He's one behind Jason Grilli for the NL lead for strikeouts by a reliever and tied with Aroldis Chapman. But Grili has 28 saves and Chapman has 20 compared to eight for Jansen.
In 2012, five of the 14 NL pitchers selected were relievers and non had fewer than 11 saves. The two relievers who didn't have at least 18 saves had gaudy ERA numbers - Chapman (1.83 ERA, 71 strikeouts) & Huston Street (1.13 ERA) - and Street was the only Padre selected.
Even if we could look past the low save total for Jansen, he doesn't have the super low ERA as someone like Mark Melancon of the Pirates, who has an 0.87 ERA with 44 strikeouts and just four walks; or even Rex Brothers, who has a 1.02 ERA while pitching at Coors Field. The bottom line is, Jansen has an uphill battle in making the team.
Hyun-jin Ryu is 7-3 with a 2.82 ERA, 13th in ERA, tied for 15th in wins, not in the top 15 in strikeouts or strikeout-to-walk ratio. He is tied for fourth in the league with 14 quality starts but on a staff that will have between seven and nine starting pitchers it will be hard for Ryu to crack the roster.