Dodgers: Dave Roberts Believes He Has 7 Players Worthy of All-Star Nods

The debate on who will be selected for the 2022 All-Star Game continues. The 92nd Midsummer Classic will take place here at our very own Dodgers Stadium on Tuesday July 19th. After Mookie Betts and Trea Turner and were already selected to the 2022 All-Star Game a few days ago, Manager Dave Roberts believe five more Dodgers could join them (quote via the Orange County Register)

“I could get on my soapbox and have a case for each one and I think it would be valid I might be a little biased, but I really believe it’s just stating facts. I really believe seven guys deserve an opportunity to represent the Dodgers.”

The three pitchers Roberts is assumed to believe are worthy of an All-Star recognition include Clayton Kershaw, who has been selected eight times but has never started in an All-Star Game, Julio Urias, and Tony Gonsolin, who currently has the best ERA in all of MLB.

  • Kershaw: 6-2 record this season with 69 K’s and a 2.40 ERA
  • Urias: 7-6 record with 83 strikeouts and 2.57 ERA
  • Gonsolin: 11-0 record, 80 strikeouts, and leads the MLB with a very impressive 1.62 ERA

Roberts was also most likely referring to the 27-year-old catcher Will Smith and five-time All-Star first baseman, Freddie Freeman.

  • Smith: hitting .258 with 13 homeruns, 40 RBI’s, and .803 OPS
  • Freeman: hitting .296 with 10 homers, 52 RBI’s and .853 OPS

From here, the already selected from the fan vote players will now vote for five starting pitchers and three relievers. Then the commissioner’s office will choose the final six spots on each roster (four pitchers, two position players) plus any injury replacements. Fans in Los Angeles are hoping that includes a few more Dodgers players.

Full All-Star rosters will be revealed on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN.

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