As expected, Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco was voted by the fans to start the 2011 All-Star Game for the National League. Although he has cooled considerably since his terrific April, Polanco's .280/.335/.354 line and terrific defense vaulted him into the lineup.
Unsurprisingly NL All-Star Manager Bruce Bochy also selected Phillies' starters Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels, along with four members of his own pitching staff -- Brian Wilson, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, and Ryan Vogelsong. However, with Hamels likely starting on Sunday, July 10th, Bochy will likely be compelled to select a new pitcher to take Hamels' official roster spot.
Notable "snubs" from the Phillies roster include Shane Victorino (.299/.371/.515, 13-for-14 in stolen bases, 3.0 WAR), Ryan Madson (2.03 ERA, 34 strikeouts and 11 walks in 31 innings) and Antonio Bastardo (0.90 ERA, 34 strikeouts in 30 innings).
For the second time, Shane Victorino will be one of the National League's five Final Vote candidates, along with Michael Morse, Andre Ethier, Todd Helton, and Ian Kennedy. Unfortunately for Shane, he doesn't have Chan Ho Park to help him campaign this year.
Still, it's pretty awesome to have three starting pitchers in the All-Star Game, and for all of them to be clearly deserving.
As a side note, where is Andrew McCutchen? Wowwwww...