How Many Red Sox Will Make the All-Star Game?

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With the first voting for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game being released, their are many candidates on the Boston Red Sox for the Summer Classic.

The 2016 Boston Red Sox campaign has been nothing short of impressive thus far, as the Sox (37-27) stand tied atop the AL East aside the Baltimore Orioles in the first two-and-a-half months of the season. If you have tuned in for the first 64 games, you have seen an offense explode thanks to players such as Designated Hitter David “Large Father” Ortiz headlining; along with “one of the most complete players in baseball” in Red Sox Shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Other players who have made a name in the lineup include OF Jackie Bradley Jr.,  OF Mookie Betts, 3B Travis Shaw, 1B Hanley Ramirez, and 2B Dustin Pedroia.

The most effective starting pitchers this year have been, surprisingly, RHP Steven Wright, and RHP Rick Porcello. The starting rotation has struggled to say the least, with the $217 mil. man LHP David Price struggling in a number of starts this season, along with LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (6.06 ERA since returning off DL May 31st), RHP Joe Kelly (demoted to AAA), and RHP Clay Buchholz (demoted to bullpen).

For the bullpen, closer RHP Craig Kimbrel has had a couple of “shaky” innings, but has been “on” for most of his appearances, continuously filling up the zone with his 99 MPH fastball. LHP Robbie Ross has been very effective to coming out of the bullpen as a set-up man (2.95 ERA). RHP’s Koji Uehara (4.01 ERA) and Junichi Tazawa (3.16 ERA) have struggled more this season then in years past. I don’t see this being a whole year type thing as the room for improvement is very do-able for these two, as they both have great stuff to get hitters out in this league.

Here is my take on simply who will be an all-star and who will get snubbed from this year’s mid-summer Classic.