By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Dodgers completed a four-game sweep of Washington and have won nine straight games and appear to be in 2020 form. However, a big show in baseball is just around the corner is the midsummer Classic.
Three Dodgers land on the All-Star Game roster. Max Muncy, Mookie Betts and Chris Taylor all have been named to the NL team for this year’s game to be played at Coors Field in Denver.
Betts had a slow start to the season due to injury but has slowly bounced back with 10 homers, seven stolen bases and several clutch hits while has a 2.7b WAR.
This is Muncy, who is 30, first ASG appearance. He leads the majors in walks with 55 with a .416 on base percentage. He will probably be the DH after being beat out by the Braves Freddy Freeman.
“That’s a no brainer,” said Dodger skipper Dave Robert’s who will be managing the NL squad. Robert’s is trying not to get emotionally involved with the selection process. “That would be pretty incredible,” Muncy said. “That would be really, really exciting.
Taylor is the only one of the trio who will be at the Midsummers Classic for the first time. Taylor has played all over the field mostly filling in for Cody Bellinger. He has started at least 60 games at four different positions and has played five this season. That’s a feat that’s a marvel by itself.
“There’s no way to qualify it (Taylors value),” said Roberts. “But in this particular case for Major League Baseball and the committee to recognize what he does and the value of his versatility-weather its the WAR production in the box whatever it is -all I know is what I said about a month ago he’s a Major League All-Star in 2021 and I’m glad this is the way it played out. Couldn’t be happier for him.”
As a child Taylor had imagined himself playing in the All-star game. “When you’re a little kid playing in the back yard you always dream of being a Big-League All-Star,” said Taylor. “You watch that All-Star game every year and hope to be there some day. Its definitely going to be a surreal experience and I am looking forward to taking it all in.”
The Dodgers have a chance to add more as Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buhler have had a solid first half of the season as starters. With a solid first half of the season Kenley Jansen has 21 saves and a 1.30 ERA could get a nod.
Nolan Arenado third baseman of the Cards beat out Justin Turner in votes, as he’ll be returning to his former home Coors Field where he was a fan favorite for years. Last week played in a series against the Rockies at Coors Field received a rousing ovation.