At the Quarter Pole - 2017 MLB All Star Teams

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Here is the first build of my selections for the 2017 MLB All Star Teams.

I do this exercise each year at the 40, 60, and finally the 80 game mark, full 34 man all star rosters for both leagues.  Each team represented, 21 position players, 13 pitchers.  

I'm only interested in this season's play, it's an evaluation of the best players so far in 2016. WAR is B-Ref+Davenport, the best WAR number that exists.

I also do this opportunity to make updated predictions.  These are they.

AL East
1. NYY 85
2. Boston 84
3. Baltimore 82
4. Tampa 
5. Toronto 

AL Central
1. Cleveland 92
2. Detroit 82
3. Minnesota 
4. Chicago 
5. Kansas City

AL West
1. Houston 97
2. Seattle 83
3. Texas 
4. LAA 
5. Oakland

NL East
1. Washington 92
2. NYM 81
3. Miami 
4. Atlanta
5. Philadelphia

NL Central
1. Chicago 90
2. St Louis 84
3. Pittsburgh
4. Milwaukee 
5. Cincinnati 

NL West
1. LAD 95
2. Colorado 83
3. Arizona 82
4. SFG 80
5. San Diego


B. Posey SFG 1.85
Y. Grandal LAD 1.55

F.Freeman Atl 2.7-MVP
R.Zimmerman Wash 2.05
J.Votto Cin 1.8
E.Thames Mil 1.7

C.Hernandez Phi 1.4
DJ LeMahieu Col 1.25

Z.Cozart Cin 2.2
C.Owings Ari 1

E.Suarez Cin 2.05
J.Gyorko SD 1.95
K.Bryant Chi 1.7

A.Altherr Phi 1.8
M.Ozuna Mia 1.75
M.Conforto NYM 1.75

C.Blackmon Col 1.2
C.Yelich Mia 1.05

B.Harper Wash 2.45
S.Schebler Cin 1.1

P.Goldschmidt Ari 2.2

M.Leake StL 2.25-MVP
C.Kershaw LAD 2
I.Nova Pit 1.85
Z.Greinke Ar 1.65
G.Gonzalez Wash 1.6
A.Senzatela Col 1.6
G.Cole Pit 1.45
M.Scherzer Wash 1.45
K.Freeland Col 1.3
T.Cahill SD 1

G.Holland Col 1.5
W.Davis Chi 1.45
T.Watson Pit 1.25


B. McCann Hou 1.2
A.Avila Det 1

Y. Alonso Oak 1.45
C.Davis Balt .75

R.Cano Sea 1.55
J.Lowrie Oak 1.05
S.Castro NYY 1.05

E.Andrus Tex 1.5
C.Correa Hou 1.4

M.Sano Min 1.95
E.Longoria TB 1.15

M.Gardner NYY 1.65
J.Upton Det 1.55

M.Trout LAA 3.05
L.Cain KC 1.65
A.Hicks NYY 1.5

A.Judge NYY 2.45
M.Haniger Sea 1.65
A.Garcia CWS 1.6

C.Dickerson TB 1.85
N.Cruz Sea 1.65

C.Sale Bos 2.5
D.Keuchel Hou 2.5
J.Vargas KC 2.4
E.Santana Min 2.3
C.Carrasco Cle 2
D.Bundy Balt 2.15
J.Paxton Sea 1.6
M.Fulmer Det 1.5
Y.Darvish Tex 1.4
M.Stroman Tor 1.4

C.Kimbrel Bos 1.6
A.Miller Cle 1.2
A.Swarzak CWS 1.1

May 16 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 May 16 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

Walk off 1964 home vs Mets, Mays homered to tie the game at 4 with 2 out in the 9th, it's now 6 innings later in the 15th, the score is the same, and Jim Davenport hits a 2 out, 2 run homer of Galen Cisco to send everyone home.  It's Davenport's only walk off homer.

Walk off 1980 home vs. Cardinals, at 11-22 on the season there hadn't been a ton of good moments in the 1980 season, but here, down 3-2, Jim Wohlford singled home the tying and winning run in the ninth off of Mark Littell for the 4-3 win.  Wohlford was a replacement level pinch hitter in his three mid career seasons with the Giants.  We sent him to Montreal after the '82 season.

Walk off 1984 home vs Mets, at 13-22 we weren't any better than 4 years prior, and again, we trailed 3-2 in the ninth inning when Jack Clark tied the game with a 2 out single - we won it when Hubie Brooks misplayed a Jeffrey Leonard ground ball to third, allowing Joe Pittman to score the winning run.  We got Pittman in the offseason from the Padres for Champ Summers, he only played 17 games for us; two weeks after scoring this run was the final game of his big league career.

Walk off 1990 home vs Mets, we've had some dramatic games against the Mets on May 16, again, we were pretty bad, 13-20 coming into the game, 3-3 with 2 out in the 9th, Kevin Mitchell homered off of Alejandro Pena (just inside the left field pole) to walk them off.  It was the first walk off homer of his career, the second would come 3 weeks later.

1991 home vs Expos, another bad season, 11-22, no one at the Stick on a Thursday night, We had a 5-4 lead in the ninth with one out, runners on the corners, and Tim Wallach at the plate - but he grounds into a 6-3 double play off of Francisco Oliveras and we hold on.  Oliveras did three of his 4 big league seasons in San Francisco, mostly out of the pen, He had 5 career saves, this was his third.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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