Who Were Biggest 2021 All-Star Snubs for Dodgers?

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As all good things must come to an end sometime. The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ nine-game winning streak was broken Monday night with a 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins, but the team now looks to begin a new streak as the All-Star Game break approaches. Speaking of which, the complete rosters for the 2021 Mid-Summer Classic were unveiled this Sunday.

No Dodger players were among the starters, but three players made the reserves — first baseman Max Muncy and outfielders Chris Taylor and Mookie Betts. After Muncy was named, NL skipper Dave Roberts told reporters on Sunday that Muncy will start at DH and bat second.

Obviously, many of us Dodger fans expected more players to be included. After all, they are the defending champions. But there are only so many spots, and there was bound to be some snubs.

One thing I really found shocking was that no Dodger pitchers were selected to the All-Star Game. I expected at the very least for Walker Buehler or Kenley Jansen to be on the NL squad.

Despite the narrative of past playoff blunders, Jansen has been one of the most effective relievers in the Majors this year. He has 21 saves, second in the National League, a 1.30 ERA, and a 0.98 WHIP. Opponents have a batting average of .119 against him. Just alone in June he did not give up a run and was 8-for-8 in save chances

Buehler this year has posted a 2.49 ERA in 17 starts, while also registering a record of 8-1. In 108 ⅓ innings, he has struck out 107 batters. Just last night against the Marlins was the first time he did not go through six innings. It was the first time in 17 starts, which was the longest active streak in the MLB.

Lastly, but certainly, not least, let’s talk about Justin Turner and Will Smith.

Turner was a bit more shocking to me. I had named him as the first-half MVP in a previous article. This season, the veteran third baseman has posted an average of .294 with 13 homers and 42 RBI. Nolan Arenado was named the NL starter despite Turner having better numbers all around.

Finally, Smith, who this season has posted a .260 average and has hit ten homers, has been better than J.T. Realmuto in a number of categories.

As fans, we obviously want to see our favorite players make it, but there are only so many spots they can give out, especially when considering that each team must be represented by at least one player. On the bright side, the team can rest during the break as it looks like we will have a tight pennant race throughout the second half of the season.

The Dodgers will continue the final leg of their current road trip Tuesday as they face the Marlins in the second game of this four-game series. Right-hander Tony Gonsolin will start for the Dodgers; he is 1-0 and has posted a 2.81 ERA. He will face right-hander Pablo Lopez, who is 4-5 with a 2.97 ERA this year.

Tuesday’s first pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. Pacific.

10 thoughts on “Who Were Biggest 2021 All-Star Snubs for Dodgers?

  1. I’m just happy that no Dodgers are in the home run derby. For reasons I don’t understand, that is a good way to ruin your swing. I recall that after Joc Pederson was in the derby, swinging wildly from the heels, he went downhill and never returned to the pre-All Star Game level. There are other examples as well.

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  2. I’ll tell you who didn’t deserve to go, Mookie. Turner’s numbers are better than Mookie’s in almost every category you could measure. And JT’s numbers are also better than most of Arenado’s.

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    1. It’s just an all star game. A popularity contest. Not really allstars. Just 30 players from 30 teams plus a few others.. the real allstars are at the end of the season. If you talk about snubs you would have to talk about why players like Betts are there. Same reason arenado is there.

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  3. I do not watch the All Star game anymore, so I could really care less who goes and who stays. I think Belli ought to spend the days off retooling that swing. Lux should find some fireballing lefty to pitch to him for a few days.

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    1. I know you won’t be watching Bear but if you give me your phone number I’ll call you with inning by inning updates……………………..except that I might not wind up watching either.

      More interested in the Futures Game and the draft. And that’s especially true after watching the current team play over the last two games.

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      1. I agree. I am going to follow the draft myself. I am wondering who will end up with Leiter

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