You’d think the team with the best record, run differential, the most home runs, and a top pitching ERA in the league would be well represented on the National League All-Star team — even a mock team — but sadly the Dodgers got mostly snubbed. The official MLB YouTube channel dropped a video on Sunday that highlighted unofficial AL and NL All-Star squads for the 2020 season.
For Dodgers fans, the video was mostly a swing and a miss.
2020 Midseason MLB All-Stars (Fernando Tatis Jr., Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and more!)
Yes, Mookie Betts made the mock NL squad — rightfully so — with his 2.5 bWAR (tied for 1st in MLB) and 11 home runs, but beyond that, LA’s top players were ghosted.
Corey Seager is 10th in the NL in batting average (.311) and 14th in wRC+ (156), giving him a good argument to make the fake team over a player like SF’s Donovan Solano. Cody Bellinger is tied for 4th most home runs in the NL with 10 and is on a tear after a frozen start to the season.
On the pitching side, Clayton Kershaw is looking like the Kersh of old with a 4-1 record and 1.80 ERA, which would be third-best in the league if he had enough innings to qualify. Moreover, Kenley Jansen leads the league in saves with 9 in 10 opportunities and sports a stellar 1.23 ERA, both marks are better than those of Milwaukee’s Josh Hader who made MLB’s mock NL All-Star team.
Is this something to concern ourselves with? No. But once again MLB seems to miss the mark in representing west coast teams — even if the Padres had two players on the team.