With the announcement of the real all start team coming up, I think its about the time to start looking at the Bunt all stars as well. These guys are the players you should have on your team, and though it wont be as comprehensive as the regular rosters, here is who I would be taking for each team.
Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays
I originally had Encarnacion in this slot, but after some badgering from the twitter-verse, I realized I forgot Buehrle, who has been a solid pitcher for the Jays all year long.
Chris Tillman, Baltimore Orioles
Guys like Adam Jones and Chris Davis are considerations, but this is Bunt, and bunt is all about pitchers. Tillman has been good most of the year. Nelson Cruz plays DH, which makes him hard to start without fielding points.
Masahiro Tanaka, NY Yankees
This is easily one of those decisions that took maybe a second to figure out. Tanaka is one of the best pitchers in bunt this year, hands down.
Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox have been awful this year, but Lester hasnt been all that bad. He has gotten me pretty far as one of the originally released cards.
David Price, Tampa Bay Rays
Another abysmal year for a team that had playoff dreams. Price is a pitcher whose strikeouts make him a must start each time he takes the mound.
Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers
For a team that had one of the best pitching staffs in baseball last year, they havent exactly had a great go at it this year. Im going with Scherzer over Porcello because he has had some amazing starts, but that hasnt been the case as of late. Cabrera is having a great season too, but hitters are tough to play.
James Shields, KC Royals
There is no more inconsistent pitcher than Shields, but when he is on, he is lights out.
Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
For whatever reason, Kluber has flown about as below the radar as possible this year, but has been phenomenal. Strikeouts are high, which means he is a valuable Bunt pitcher.
Phil Hughes, Minnesota Twins
The Minnesota fans out there havent had much to cheer about this year, but Hughes is a comeback story worth writing about. He has been amazing.
Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
Although he missed a few starts due to injury, Sale is one of the best pitchers in the game so far this year.
Scott Kazmir, Oakland A’s
Kaz is another great comeback story, and is the guy I would start religiously outside of his last few games. He hasnt been in the game for a long time, but has done well.
Mike Trout, LA Angels
I like CJ Wilson, and I like Jared Weaver, but both can be pretty inconsistent and tough to leave in for extended periods of time without worry. Trout has been MVP worthy.
Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
I shouldnt really have to explain this one. He is the best of the best. Huge strikeout numbers and a tiny WHIP/ERA.
Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
Another solid season for a top pitcher, cant argue with him keeping my team afloat since day one.
Jared Cosart, Houston Astros
We all thought the Astros pitching was going to be abysmal, but Cosart has been great.
Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves
Low ERA and good strikeouts have made him Mr. Reliable for me.
Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
The reason I am picking Stras is because he strikes out like 19 people a game. Hasnt been in game all year, but has been good since the start.
Henderson Alvarez, Miami Marlins
Although Stanton has had a good year, Alvarez is the guy who scores me the most points consistently.
Jon Niese, NY Mets
I know that Wheeler has had his moments, and Colon has been great, but Niese has been around a lot longer in game, and rarely disappoints.
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
Cliff Lee was just added last week, and other than that, I have had a really tough time playing any Phillies this year. Hamels has started back on the comeback path like many other pitchers and done very well.
Kyle Lohse, Milwaukee Brewers
Peralta is another great player that could be in this spot with a low ERA, but I am more likely to start Lohse each week.
Adam Wainwright, St Louis Cardinals
When your base card is worth starting over a gold boost of another pitcher, you deserve to be on here.
Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds
No explanation needed, one of the best in the game. Huge K numbers and low ERA like Felix.
Charlie Morton, Pittsburgh Pirates
Tough to put Morton here as he is so inconsistent in good starts vs bad, but I play him over Cutch and other guys.
Jeff Samardzjia, Chicago Cubs
Likely one of the hottest items on the trade market for a reason, has been great all year long.
Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco Giants
Another tough call, as he has been shaky at times, but still a good start to see if he has it going. Has had some great outings.
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Beckett has been in game longer and has been almost as good, but you cant have Kershaw on the bench and expect to crack the top rankings.
Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres
Pads have been tough to play this year because they have those starts where they give up a ton of runs, but Ross hasnt been one of those guys.
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
A lot of reason to put someone like Nicasio in here, but I am not going to start him unless I see a few innings first. Tulo is a good play.
Bronson Arroyo, Arizona Diamondbacks
Sure, Goldy has been a consistent scorer, but as I have mentioned before, its hard to play hitters. Arroyo has been surprisingly good on a horrid team.
Again, this is Pitcher heavy because I play in Bunt pitcher heavy. The all star rosters may be entirely different, but I am interested to see how you guys feel about your All Star roster. What do you all think?
Nicasio would have been tough to justify over Tulo given that he’s been in Triple-A for the past month.