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A look at the MLB All-Star lineup, including two Tigers in the mix

 

 

The July 4th festivities have come and gone. I say, let’s hope Labor Day weekend takes its time getting to us, because that means summer is coming to a close. I hope everybody had a safe holiday weekend and can still give high fives and not a high three!

I know I enjoyed myself as I took in an Erie Seawolves baseball game, which is the Tigers Double A team. I can see some talent on that baseball team actually.

The sports world is pretty quiet at the moment. However, it is the last week of baseball before the MLB All-Star break. Let’s look at the National and American League starters.

I guess we will start in the National League first. The starting catcher is William Contreras of the Milwaukee Brewers. The first baseman is Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies. The second baseman is Ketel Marte of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The third baseman is Alec Bohm of the Philadelphia Phillies. The shortstop is Trea Turner also from the Philadelphia Phillies. Looks to me like the Phillies own the infield positions. The three outfielders are Christian Yelich from the Milwaukee Brewers, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Jurickson Profar both from the San Diego Padres. The designated hitter from the L.A. Dodgers is Shohei Ohtani.

The American League starters are catcher Adley Rutschman from Baltimore, first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. from the Toronto Blue Jays and second baseman Jose Altuve from Houston. The third baseman is Jose Ramirez from Cleveland. The shortstop is Gunnar Henderson from Baltimore. The three outfielders are Aaron Judge and Juan Soto from the New York Yankees, and the other is Steven Kwan from Cleveland. The designated hitter is Yordan Alvarez of the Houston Astros. The Detroit Tigers will send a pitcher and an outfielder to the 2024 All-Star game. The pitcher is Tarik Skubal, who since last July has been tremendous on the hill for Detroit. The 10-3 record for Skubal on this bad hitting Tigers team is pretty impressive. The ERA for Skubal sits at 2.37 over 18 starts. The statistic that catches my eye is 132 strikeouts over 110 innings.

I also want you to remember that I stated Tarik Skubal was going to be in the Cy Young conversation this year. I personally think he is the leader for the Cy Young Award in 2024.

The outfielder is none other than Riley Greene, who at age 23 is making his first trip to the All-Star game. Riley is hitting .261 with 17 home runs and deserved to be in the All-Star game in my opinion. Riley has emerged as an All-Star caliber player after being selected number five overall in the 2019 draft by Detroit. I think Riley Greene is going to have an excellent career and make more trips to the All-Star game in the future.

The All-Star game will be played next Tuesday, July 16 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The 94th Midsummer classic will start at 8 p.m. I can tell you this is the only All-Star game I really watch of the four major sports. The game also brings back so many childhood memories for me as I always loved watching every summer. I say good luck to Tarik Skubal and Riley Greene next Tuesday.

I see ex-Lion Cameron Sutton, who the Lions cut after he went off the grid with some legal issues, has signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The NFL though has suspended him for the first eight games of the season. The Lions had signed him to a three-year deal worth $33 million. I thought he was terrible and am glad he is no longer a Detroit Lion! I say, Cameron is now Pittsburgh’s problem! I do wish him well on his new home in Pittsburgh.

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