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Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer and Anthony Rendon named to NL roster for 2019 MLB All-Star Game

Washington Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer and Nats’ third baseman Anthony Rendon were named to the National League’s All-Star roster tonight.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into play on Sunday in Detroit, 29-year-old Washington Nationals’ third baseman Anthony Rendon led National League third basemen in OBP (.398), SLG (.619), and OPS+ (155), was ranked second in fWAR (3.2), doubles (20), and batting average (.310), and was third in RBIs (57), wRC+ (156), and wOBA (.414). Rendon finished fifth in fan voting for the 2019 MLB All-Star game, however, so if he was going to go for the first time, he was going to have to be added as a reserve.

Asked earlier this season if he would like to be an All-Star, Rendon (sort-of) jokingly said he’d love to be an All-Star if he didn’t have to actually go to the game, which is in Cleveland, OH on July 9th this year.

He’s going to have to make a decision now, because Rendon was added to the NL’s All-Star roster this afternoon when the reserves for the Midsummer Classic were announced.

Joining Rendon on the NL roster is teammate Max Scherzer.

Scherzer started the day with an MLB-best 156 strikeouts, and the 34-year-old, six-(and now seven)-time All Star was ranked first in the majors in K/9 (12.28), second in HR/9 (0.63), third in K/BB ratio (7.09), and innings pitched (114 13 IP), and fifth in WHIP (1.03), and opponent’s OBP (.272), and opponent’s OPS (.620). He struck out 14 of 18 Tigers’ batters in the start this afternoon, in an eight-inning, 115-pitch performance.

It’s the seventh-straight All-Star selection for Scherzer.

Snubs?: No Juan Soto? No Howie Kendrick? Will either of them end up being added when others inevitably drop out?