Major League Baseball announced the American and National League rosters for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game tonight and five Washington Nationals’ players are on the NL roster.
Ryan Zimmerman is starting at first base.
Daniel Murphy is the starting second baseman.
Bryce Harper is part of the NL’s starting outfield.
Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg are added as pitchers for the National League.
As of last Monday, in the latest update on the voting for the 2017 NL All-Star roster, Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy, and Bryce Harper led at their respective positions.
Zimmerman was leading Chicago Cubs’ first baseman Anthony Rizzo by 127,362 votes.
Murphy was up over 1.4M on the Cubs’ Javier Baez at second base, and Harper led all NL outfielders by 501,714 votes.
Zimmerman, 32, is out of the lineup for the series finale in St. Louis, but he finished the night last night with a .335/.375/.619 line, 22 doubles, and 19 home runs in 301 plate appearances thus far in 2017, over which he’s been worth 2.0 fWAR.
He was ranked second among all major league hitters in AVG (.335), fourth in SLG (619), third in RBIs (62), and tied for 16th in home runs.
It will be Zimmerman’s second All-Star Game and his first since 2009.
Murphy, 32, in the midst of a 15-game hit streak, has a .334/.387/.569 line, 24 doubles, and 14 home runs in 328 plate appearances, over which the second-year National and now three-time All-Star has been worth 2.3 fWAR.
Harper, 24, coming off a “down year” in 2016, started the night with a .313/.422/.576 line, 19 doubles, and 18 HRs in 332 PAs, over which he’s been worth 3.2 fWAR. Harper made his fifth All-Star team in six major league seasons.
Max Scherzer, 32, is now a five-time All-Star as well. He started the night with an MLB-low 2.06 ERA, a 2.73 FIP, 24 walks (1.90 BB/9), an NL-leading 151 Ks (11.96 K/9) in 113 2⁄3 innings pitched, with a .167/.227/.292 line against on the year, good for 1st/1st/1st in the majors across the line.
Strasburg, 28, has a 3.51 ERA, a 3.09 FIP, 28 walks (2.45 BB/9), 122 Ks (10.69 K/9) and a .217/.278/.371 line against in 102 2⁄3 IP this season. He’s now a three-time All-Star.
Anthony Rendon, 27, led all MLB third basemen in OBP (.399) and ranked second in SLG (.555), before tonight’s series finale in St. Louis, with a .298/.399/.555 line, 18 doubles, and 16 home runs in 313 PAs, over which he’s been worth 3.4 fWAR.
Rendon is one of the “Final Five” who can be added to the NL All-Star roster.
Gio Gonzalez, 31, came out of last night’s start vs the Cardinals with a 2.77 ERA, 4.17 FIP, 47 walks (3.94 BB/90, 104 Ks (8.72 K/9) and a .212/.304/.360 line against in 107 1⁄3 IP. He’s a three-time All-Star now, and is representing the Nationals for the second time, and the first since 2012, his first season in D.C.
Will Rendon and Gonzalez end up going to the All-Star Game?