The first day of the All-Star break has a bunch of stuff going on.
There is the Future’s game. Well, OOTP calls it the All-Star Prospects game. There was only one Blue Jays prospect in the game, Alejandro Kirk. Kirk is hitting .251/.361/.433 with 12 home runs for the Fisher Cats.
The AL team:
The game itself didn’t go great. NL 21 AL 9. The NL scored 10 runs in the eighth. Forrest Whitley, of the Astros, was left out there for 9 hits, 2 walks and 10 earned. I’m not sure why he would be left out there so long, the AL team had a couple of pitchers left over.
Alejandro Kirk went 1 for 2 with a walk.
And the All-Star teams were announced. Four Blue Jays made the team:
Nate Pearson. He is 8-4 with a 2.85 ERA.
Ken Giles. 2.84 ERA. 21 saves.
Bo Bichette. .292/.372/.582, 27 home runs.
Lourdes Gurriel. .311/.345/.556, 22 home runs.
There was a pretty big surprise in the list of All-Stars. Former Jay Aaron Sanchez (a Mariner in the game) made the team, with a 3-8 record, a 3.57 ERA and a 0.1 WAR. He was the only Mariner to make the team. But, Marco Gonzales is 5-8, 4.27 ERA and a 1.7 WAR in the Mariner’s rotation. But, maybe the game didn’t like the 4+ ERA. The Mariners really don’t have anyone having a good season. Oh well, it isn’t like he’s the worst player ever to make the All-Star team.
On the NL side there are two former Jays pitchers. Marcus Stroman 8-7, 2.62 ERA and Noah Syndergaard, 12-4, 2.51 ERA both Mets now.
And Calgarian Mike Soroka, 11-2, 2.53 made the team, but he’s injured, out for the next 6 weeks.
And the Home Run Derby happened today.
The game only tells us who won and Bo Bichette was the winner, beating Hunter Renfroe in the last round.