With the All-Star Game coming up and voting in full force, the Nationals are a first place team. For the first time since 2005, they are a first place team during All-Star balloting. Still, who could they get in the Mid-Summer Classic?
While they are in first in the NL East, it is difficult to think about who is worthy of being an All-Star. No one on the squad has remained super consistent in 2012. Many started hot, then cooled off. Some are recently returning from injury, not putting in enough work to be considered a true All-Star.
Ryan Zimmerman, who was always considered one of the best shots for the Nats at making the game, has had a disappointing season. There is no outstanding player at the plate or in the field who is the best at his position in the National League.
This is why, for the last two years, the sole Nats representatives have been pitchers. It could very well be the same this season, with the performances the starting pitchers have put in in 2012.
In the past, it has been the Nats closers who have received the most recognition. However, they have been a revolving door of injuries and inconsistencies, so the trend will likely be bucked this year.
In all likelihood, the Nats will be represented at the All-Star Game by one of their starters. Gio Gonzalez has had a fantastic season as the number 2 starter in the rotation, and is certainly ASG worthy. Stephen Strasburg has been outstanding as well.
Who do you want to see representing the Nats?