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GOLDSCHMIDT & CORBIN REPRESENT THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS IN THE 2018 MLB ALL-STAR GAME
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt and left-hander Patrick Corbin were chosen as the representatives for Arizona. This marks Goldschmidt’s sixth-straight All-Star nod, while Corbin was selected for the first time since 2013.
Goldschmidt entered play Sunday with a .277 average to go along with 20 home runs and 51 RBIs. Corbin is 6-3 with a 2.05 ERA in 18 starts this season. He has 140 strikeouts in 112 innings pitched.
Goldschmidt said that he did not expect to be named for a sixth consecutive season due to his struggles in May. The first baseman managed a paltry .144 batting average to go along with 35 strikeouts in just 26 games in that month.
But Goldschmidt managed to turn it around in June, winning both player of the week (June 4-10) and player of the month honors. For the month, Goldschmidt hit .364 and posted a 1.199 OPS to go along with 10 home runs and 23 RBIs. Richard Morin, Arizona Republic
MATT KEMP TURNS IN AN ALL STAR FIRST HALF FOR THE LOS ANGLES DODGERS
Let’s look at individual players and where they rank in baseball among players with at least 30 plate appearances with RISP. We’ll do the top 10 overall, and then where other Dodgers rank.
1. Matt Kemp, .438
2. Yuli Gurriel (Houston), .432
3. Josh Harrison (Pittsburgh), .429
4. Brian Anderson (Miami), .427
5. Shohei Ohtani (Angels), .423
6. Jedd Gyorko (St. Louis), .412
7. Alex Bregman (Houston), .384
8. Eugenio Suarez (Cincinnati), .382
9. Andrew Benintendi (Boston), .378
10. Joe Mauer (Minnesota), .375
T39. Chase Utley, .333
129. Joc Pederson, .277
138. Yasmani Grandal, .273
148. Max Muncy, .268
164. Kiké Hernandez, .259
189. Chris Taylor, .243
212. Yasiel Puig, .228
260. Justin Turner, .207
275. Logan Forsythe, .194
286. Cody Bellinger, .183
317. Austin Barnes, .133
AARON NOLA’S 11-2, 2.41 ERA HAS THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES AS CONTENDERS
Beyond the Box Score
Two years ago at this time, Aaron Nola was struggling as a pitcher for really the first time in his life. His trademark command had vanished. The bite on his curveball was missing. So was the life on his fastball. Over an eight-start span, he pitched to a 9.82 ERA.
Eventually, the young right-hander was diagnosed with an elbow strain and he did not pitch after July 28. He spent the remainder of the summer and that offseason in a strength and rehabilitation program that in addition to keeping him off the operating table — there was a time when it was feared he would need Tommy John surgery — turned him into one of the best pitchers in baseball.
On Sunday night, just 34 days after his 25th birthday, Nola was honored the way the best pitchers in baseball are honored at this time of year.
He was named to the National League All-Star team and will be the Phillies’ lone representative at the game July 17 in Washington. Jim Salisbury | NBC Sports Philadelphia
MANNY MACHADO CAN IMPACT THE NL CENTRAL RACE DEPENDING ON WHO MAKES THE DEAL
Machado is in his walk year, and he’s thus far enjoying a career year at the plate (160 OPS+ with 21 home runs in 88 games), as well as manning shortstop on an everyday basis. It looks like the Dodgers may be the front runner with shortstop Corey Seager to Tommy John surgery, Adding Machado and installing him at shortstop, would allow the Dodgers to move Chris Taylor to second base.
Milwaukee is a contender with or without Machado. Brewers shortstops mostly Orlando Arcia have combined to bat just .201/.256/.302. The Brew Crew are locked in division race right now with the favored Chicago Cubs in the NL Central, Machado would obviously address that shortfall at shortstop.