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Predicting the Orioles’ All-Stars

Manny Machado has been one of the best third basemen in baseball this year and should be in the All-Star game without question.

Manny Machado has been one of the best third basemen in baseball this year and should be in the All-Star game without question.

The All-Star rosters will be announced tonight and there will be at least one Orioles on that roster because of Major League Baseball rules, but there better be a few because there are guys that really deserve it.

Baring a late miracle run of voting, there will not be any Orioles player in the starting lineup at this year’s All-Star game. Each of the past two seasons the Orioles had two players in the starting lineup. Last year Matt Wieters was voted as the starting catcher as well but injuries kept him out of the game. This year, the controversy surrounding the Kansas City Royals flooding all of the votes has left every Orioles out, whether they deserve to be or not.

Adam Jones leads the team with 5.6 million votes at the last public update on June 29. He ranked only seventh among outfielders, though. Manny Machado was fourth at third base at just 1.9 million votes.

Despite the voting, both of them should be in the All-Star game, as should closer Zach Britton.

At this rate, Machado very well may be in the MVP conversation at the end of the year. The young third baseman is hitting .301/356/.525 with 17 home runs, 46 RBIs and 18 doubles. None of his stats necessarily rank among the leaders in the American League but overall, there are very few players as productive as he has been and his WAR ranks third in the American League at 4.5, only behind Mike Trout and Jason Kipnis.

Solely among third basemen, Machado has the second best batting average, trailing only Mike Moustakas. He only trails Josh Donaldson in home runs, hits, doubles and RBIs, but is a much better defensive player.

Jones is having a good season once again and though his batting average has significantly dropped from the ridiculous number it was at earlier in the year, he is still hitting a very respectable .283 with 10 home runs.

Though both hitters stats seem run of the mill, they are really the only consistent hitters the Orioles have in their lineup and the two have led them to a 42-39 record, good for second in the AL East.

Britton ranks second in the American League with 23 saves along with a 1.82 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 34.2 innings pitched. He has not been credited with a loss this year and has only blown a single save.

Sadly, middle relief pitchers very rarely ever get even a slight look at the All-Star game but Darren O’Day does deserve consideration. He, as usual, has been an incredible setup man and has a 1.14 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 11.94 K/9 and seven holds.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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