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All Star rosters revealed--Hanrahan selected; McCutchen not

The 2011 All Star Game rosters were announced today. Joel Hanrahan was selected as expected for the Pirates. Andrew McCutchen, on the other hand, was left off the roster and off the extra fan vote. This is kind of dissapointing considering McCutchen clearly deserves to be in the game.

According to ESPN.com, McCutchen currently has the 3rd highest OF player rating in the NL, trailing only Kemp and Braun. Clearly, McCutchen should have been selected. Hanrahan is currently rated as the second best relief pitcher in the NL too.

Also, despite his huge slump, Neil Walker has the 2nd highest player rating of NL second basemen. He could have been selected as well, although this was not very likely. Karstens and Maholm are rated as the 19th and 20th SP in the NL with Vogelsong (who was selected to the all star team) being rated 16th. Interestingly, Correia was all the way at #43 despite his 10 wins. Morton is rated 38th.

Hopefully, Hanrahan will give the Bucs a good showing in the game.

Here is the article with the full rosters:

http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110703&content_id=21335168&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

 

Update: Here is what Rotoworld wrote on the selections (see the bold):

Ryan Braun finished with the most votes among National League All-Stars.
He's had a monster first half, batting .320/.402/.559 with 16 homers and 19 steals. Braun will be joined in the starting lineup by Brian McCann, Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, Placido Polanco, Jose Reyes, Lance Berkman and Matt Kemp. The NL reserve hitters are listed as follows: Yadier Molina, Starlin Castro, Chipper Jones, Brandon Phillips, Gaby Sanchez, Troy Tulowitzki, Joey Votto, Carlos Beltran, Jay Bruce, Matt Holliday, Hunter Pence and Justin Upton. It's rather remarkable that Andrew McCutchen not only didn't make the team, but isn't up for the Final Vote. That will come down to Andre Ethier, Todd Helton, Ian Kennedy, Michael Morse and Shane Victorino.

McCutchen sure is making a case with his fantastic play this weekend. Botchy is already drawing criticism for selecting Beltran. It is possible though that Cutch could be added due to injuries.

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