July 6: Marlins (32-53) @ Cardinals (51-34)
Welcome to All-Star Saturday, the day that allows us to stop talking about online voting and just find out who has been named to both league All-Star teams. That announcement will come tonight during a 5:30 CT show on FOX. Also to be announced at the time will be the Final Vote candidates. Five players from each league will be named to this competition; then it is up to fans to vote in the final member of the team. Cardinals third baseman David Freese won the Final Vote last year.
The Cardinals should be well-represented at Citi Field on July 16, and – if vote totals hold from earlier this week — will place two players in the NL starting lineup. Both Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran were leading at their respective positions, as of Tuesday. Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter, Allen Craig and Edward Mujica also have All-Star credentials. It might be tough for all six to make the squad given that all teams have to be represented, but I’m guessing the Cardinals get at least five on the team.
Craig, Carpenter and Mujica have never been named to a Major League All-Star team.
“I’ll be watching,” said Craig, who is hitting .325 with 68 RBIs. “Hopefully I’ll make it. If not, it is what it is. We have a number of guys that are probably deserving and there’s only so many roster spots. We all understand that, and I think we’re all rooting for each other.”
MLB.com will bring you reaction from all players selected later today, so stay plugged in for that.
UPDATE: Manager Mike Matheny divulged that the Cardinals will tinker with their rotation in advance of the All-Star break. With Monday being an off day, the Cardinals are going to bring Wainwright back on normal rest Tuesday. That will push Shelby Miller’s next start to Wednesday and give Wainwright the Sunday night start in Chicago next week as well.
The move accomplishes a few things. It allows the Cardinals to get two more starts out of Wainwright before the All-Star break. It also means that Miller will pitch just once before the break and will have extended time off after his start Wednesday. The Cardinals can line up their rotation as they want after the All-Star break, so Miller could get as many as 12 days in between starts if the Cardinals really want to maximize the amount of rest for the rookie right-hander.
When the switch was made, Wainwright, Matheny and all involved believed it would take Wainwright out of consideration to pitch in the All-Star Game. That is, until it was discovered that the Collective Bargaining Agreement had changed that rule before last season. According to rule O.4.ii, a “Sunday pitcher” can choose to stay on the All-Star roster and pitch a max of one inning, or can chose to be taken off the list of active players and replaced by someone else. That means that between now and All-Star Tuesday, Wainwright will have to decide if he wants to make himself available to pitch.
To read the rule in full, click here for the CBA document and go down to page 72.
It wouldn’t be so far-fetched to think that Wainwright will, either, as Tuesday would be his normal side session after the Sunday start. A one-inning appearance could take the place of that.
As for today’s game, Joe Kelly will be making his return to the rotation. He’s been stretched out through several recent long relief appearances, though there will also be a cap on how deep Kelly goes today. You can read the preview for today’s game here.
- Matt Carpenter (2B)
- Carlos Beltran (RF)
- Matt Holliday (LF)
- Allen Craig (1B)
- David Freese (3B)
- Daniel Descalso (SS)
- Tony Cruz (C)
- Jon Jay (CF)
- Joe Kelly (RHP)
- Justin Ruggiano (LF)
- Placido Polanco (3B)
- Giancarlo Stanton (RF)
- Logan Morrison (1B)
- Marcell Ozuna (CF)
- Derek Dietrich (2B)
- Adeiny Hechavarria (SS)
- Rob Brantly (C)
- Nathan Eovaldi (RHP)
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