November 14, 2018

2018 National League All-Star team


Christian Yelich hit like Barry Bonds with an enlarged cranium during the last month of the season: .370/.508/.804 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs in 26 games. Jacob deGrom pitched like Bob Gibson on higher ground for much of the season, beating the National League’s average ERA by 2.33 runs. I’m taking Yelich over deGrom as the league’s best player, but it’s close, and it’s not a referendum on position players vs. pitchers relative to MVP awards.
— Kevin Brewer

Babe Ruth Award | Christian Yelich, Brewers. 36 HRs, 110 RBIs, .326/.402/.598, 118 runs.

2. Jacob deGrom, Mets
3. Max Scherzer, Nationals

Walter Johnson Award | Jacob deGrom, Mets. 10-9, 1.70 ERA, 269 Ks, 46 BBs, 217 IPs.

Pee Wee Reese Award (or Teammate of the Year) | Lorenzo Cain, Brewers. 10 HRs, 38 RBIs, .308/.395/.417, 30 SBs.

Connie Mack Award | Brian Snitker, Atlanta. 90-72

2. Craig Counsell, Brewers
3. Bud Black, Rockies

Jackie Robinson Award | Ronald Acuna, Atlanta. 26 HRs, 64 RBIs, .293/.366/.552

2. Juan Soto, Nationals
3. Walker Buehler, Dodgers



The Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies lead the All-Star team with three players each. Yelich and Lorenzo Cain were Milwaukee’s two big offseason acquisitions and Jeremy Jeffress, while not a closer, was the league’s best reliever. The Rockies added the left side of their infield and starting pitcher Kyle Freeland.

Catcher | J.T. Realmuto, Marlins

First base | Freddie Freeman, Atlanta

2. Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks

Second base | Scooter Gennett, Reds

The name reminds me of Rennie Stennett, another second baseman, who played for the Pirates in the 1970s. Gennett is better.

Third base | Nolan Arenado, Rockies

Shortstop | Trevor Story, Rockies

Utilityman | Javier Baez, Cubs

2. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals

Left field | David Peralta, Diamondbacks

Center field | Lorenzo Cain, Brewers

Outfield | Christian Yelich, Brewers

Starting pitchers | Jacob deGrom, Mets

Max Scherzer, Nationals
Aaron Nola, Phillies
Kyle Freeland, Rockies
Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks

Reliever | Jeremy Jeffress, Brewers



Best offensive player | Christian Yelich, Brewers

Best defensive player | Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks

2. DJ LeMahieu, Rockies
3. Ender Inciarte, Atlanta

Best baserunner | Trea Turner, Nationals

Best five-tool player | Javier Baez, Cubs

2. Trevor Story, Rockies



Workhouse | Max Scherzer, Nationals

2. Jacob deGrom, Mets

Workhorse (reliever) | Seth Lugo, Mets

Best strikeout pitcher | Josh Hader, Brewers

2. Max Scherzer, Nationals
3. Jacob deGrom, Mets

Best control pitcher | Miles Mikolas, Cardinals

2. Jacob deGrom, Mets
3. Robbie Erlin, Padres

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