Giants manager, Bruce Bochy, had announced that he will send Roy Halladay to the mound as the National League’s starting pitcher to be the first pitcher to face the American League’s best for tomorrow night’s All-Star Game in Phoenix, Arizona.
Roy Halladay, last year’s Cy Young Award Winner, is among the NL leaders in several pitching categories, including wins (11), ERA (2.45), starts (19), Strikeouts (138), WHIP (1.02), Innings Pitched (143.1), Complete Games (6) and K:BB (8.12).
On Sunday, the National League announced that Placido Polanco was elected as the starting third baseman for the NL All-Star team with 4,410,701 votes, beating out Chipper Jones, who will also join the team as a reserve player. Meanwhile, NL players voted Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels onto the team among the pitchers, with Halladay (11-3, 2.44) finishing first with 332 votes, followed by Hamels (9-4, 2.41) who ended up third with 177, and Lee (9-6, 2.92) taking fifth place with 141 votes. It is very likely that Halladay will be the starting pitcher for the NL All-Stars.
The 82nd Baseball All-Star Game will be played at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona on July 12.
The National League yeasterday announced an update on who are leading in the position races on the All-Star ballot. Placido Polanco is still the only Phil leading at his position, as he leads all NL third basemen with 1,822,129 votes, leading by a wide margin over Braves’ third baseman Chipper Jones. No other Phil is even in second place in the voting for their respective positions. Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins are both in third in the voting among second basemen and shortstops, while Ryan Howard is fourth among first basemen. Carlos Ruiz is fifth among NL catchers, while Shane Victorino is seventh and Raul Ibanez is 11th among outfielders.
If Polanco can hold onto his present lead, he will probably end up being the only Phil starter to be elected to the All-Star Game, which will be played at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona in July. He will likely be joined by Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels, who are both having great first halfs, especially Cole, and maybe Ryan Madson, based upon how well he is presently handling the role as the Phils’ closer.