Monthly All Star Team: July 2014
All-Stars in the American League for the month of July:
Catcher: Indians- Yan Gomes. Yan is hitting .329 with 5 homers and 10 doubles.
First Base: White Sox- Jose Abreu. He hit 11 2B, 6 HR and 19 RBI in a shortened month.
Second Base: Mariners- Robinson Cano. Cano has finally found his stride in Seattle. Although the power numbers aren’t really there, he drove in 11, walked 11 times and hit .354.
Third Base: Rangers- Adrian Beltre. About the only positive thing with the Rangers is Beltre. He knocked in 16 last month, while hitting 6 homers and slugged .534.
Shortstop: Blue Jays- Jose Reyes. Collected 36 hits and drove in 10 runs.
Left Field: Yankees- Brett Gardner. Gardner isn’t known for his power numbers, except for last month. He hit 7 homeruns and drove in 16 for the playoff push Yankees.
Center Field: Mariners- Austin Jackson. Perhaps the new scenery will help Jackson improve his offensive numbers. He has 38 base hits and had an OPS (.894) just shy of .900.
Right Field: Tigers- Torii Hunter. Hunter assisted in the Tigers offensive firepower last month batting .364. He has 6 homeruns and drove in 24 runs.
Designated Hitter: Astros- Chris Carter. 8 homers, 19 RBI and a SLG of .651.
Starting Pitcher: Tigers- David Price. With maybe one of the best, if not the best rotations in the game today, Price joined Verlander and Scherzer on an already unhittable pitching staff. Although his starts were with the Rays, he went 5-1 with a 1.74 ERA and .94 WHIP.
Relief Pitcher: Angels- Joe Smith. Smith has been lights out for the red hot Angels as he has thrown 17 innings in relief and has yet to surrender an earned run.
Closing Pitcher: Orioles- Zach Britton. He did have an ERA of 2.03, but picked up 11 valuable saves with a .75 WHIP last month.
It is hard to obviously determine an MVP in just one month, but thus far:
AL MVP: White Sox- Jose Abreu. Jose is only a rookie, and he is putting up a line of .374/.432/.667. He is already the front runner for ROTY and he is continuing his case for additional hardware in his first full season. It will be interested what else Abreu will be able to accomplish this season.
All-Stars for the National League:
Catcher: Pirates- Russell Martin. Martin has helped his Bucs to try and make the postseason in consecutive seasons with his numbers from last month. .306 and drove in 15.
First Base: Diamondbacks- Paul Goldschmidt. Unfortunately, it looks like Paul is going to be out the rest of the season after being hit in the hand with a pitch, but it is hard to ignore his July numbers. 11 2B, 16 RBI, 17 BB and an OPS of 1.005.
Second Base: Pirates- Neil Walker. Walker has helped put the Pirates on his back with his numbers in July. He collected 30 hits and had a line of .316/.383/.558.
Third Base: Giants- Pablo Sandoval. 28 hits, .311 AVG and drove in 11.
Shortstop: Phillies- Jimmy Rollins. J. Roll could’ve been a good trading piece for a contender with his power numbers last month. He crushed 7 dingers, drove in 18 and also went a perfect 7 for 7 in stolen bases.
Left Field: Cubs- Chris Coghlan. Coghlan hit .376 in 25 games last month.
Center Field: Nationals- Denard Span.Span had 35 hits and 7 SB in 24 games
Right Field: Nationals- Jayson Werth. Accompanied Span with a hot month with 6 homeruns, 24 RBI and hit .337.
Starting Pitcher: Dodgers- Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw has been unconscious over the last month picking up 4 wins, a WHIP of .64, and striking out 43 over 42 innings pitched.
Relief Pitcher: Brewers- Zach Duke. In relief, Duke is anchoring the Brewers pen with numbers like .86 WHIP and no earned runs allowed.
Closing Pitcher:Reds- Aroldis Chapman. Perfect in saves with 8, Chapman has only surrendered 3 hits and 1 earned run, while striking out 22 in 10.2 I.P.
NL MVP: Dodgers- Clayton Kershaw. This guy has been amazing after coming out of the gates with an injury. A WHIP of 0.64 and an ERA of 1.07 in the month of July, and a top contender for NL Cy Young, and possible even NL MVP.