Here are my takeaways from the All Star game and I think that they are in chronological order:
- When Mike Trout doubled in the top of the first, I wasn’t sure what to think of what it meant about the players. When Matt Harvey ended up getting Miguel Cabrera out and striking out Chris Davis and Jose Bautista, it showed how special Trout is. The ONLY person to get a hit off Harvey, NL Starter (best pitcher in the NL’s first half), in the All Star game was Mike Trout. Dude is special, but everyone already knows that. Great player.
- When Cano got hit, I was pissed. I need him to keep pace in my fantasy league with Joe and Chris, and an All Star game injury would just be a killer for me and the Yankees, but I couldn’t care less about the Yankees, as a whole.
- Chris Sale made Carlos Gonzalez look like a middle schooler with his unbelievable slider. Straight up embarrassed him and that pitch alone could have made him the MVP, if it wasn’t Mo’s last All Star Game.
- Patrick Corbin wasn’t able to fool any of these All Star hitters and he took the loss for the NL. He was also the first pitcher to give up a run to the American League in 17 innings of ASG baseball. He is my number 1 bust for the second half. He has an ERA of 2.35, but a FIP of 3.18 and an xFIP of 3.52. It is safe to say he has been lucky in the first half and look for him to get roughed up a couple outings in the second half.
- Brandon Phillips is a ridiculous defender. I have no other words.
- Jose Fernandez has some serious gas. He can deal with the best of them. I think that Fernandez will be in the long line of Marlins stars that get traded. I also believe he will have a better career than the ASG starter, Matt Harvey. This assumes neither have a significant injury.
- Aroldis Chapman has some serious GAS! But I am just being Captain Obvious here
- Manny Machado is a star. The defensive play was insane against a player that is not slow in Paul Goldschmidt. He should be mentioned in the likes of Harper and Trout. Period.
- Craig Kimbral has an odd pitching routine. It was different, cool and funny at the same time.
- Jean Segura has some excellent defense to go along with his amazing bat. His quick hands on the double play in the 7th inning were incredible.
- Dom Brown’s poor defense was on display for the Jason Kipnis double. My that was bad; he literally showed no effort. At the time, I thought it was going to give Rivera the chance to pitch in the 9th inning.
- The Mariano Rivera moment before the 8th inning was a classic. I understand the reasoning for putting him out there in the 8th, but I would have put him in the 9th. Glen Perkins, Steve Delabar, and Joe Nathan are perfectly capable of getting 3 outs before giving up 4 runs in the 8th.
- Segura did not run out his groundout in the 8th inning against Rivera. I think he would have been safe had he sprinted, but it helped Rivera get a 1-2-3 inning.
- Prince Fielder LOL
- I was told that the NL’s pitching would be too good for the AL to win the game. Turns out, the AL’s pitching was too good for the National League bats. AL wins the All Star Game and home field advantage for the first time in 3 years.
I called an AL win, the Home Run Derby and the All Star Game starters. Two of the guys I picked to homer had doubles. I think I did a pretty good job for my All Star Break predictions.
ESPYS are tonight.I hope they are good because there is no other sporting event on television besides the MLS, but I have my doubts about Jon Hamm. We’ll see.