The fan voting for the 2015 MLB All-Star game is garnering a lot of attention as the American League team is jam-packed full of Kansas City Royals. While having fans vote for a game that determines home-field advantage in the World Series is asinine, I wanted to look at who should be on the team based on statistics alone.

The methodology for hitters was to look at their Weighted Runs Created (wRC) and Wins Above Replacement (WAR).  I also weighted last season’s stats to account for 15% of their rating to try to avoid a Bryan LaHair situation.  For pitchers, I looked at their xFIP and WAR.  I then looked at how many standard deviations above or below average each player was to give them an overall rating.  The players with the highest rating were then assigned to the team.

But enough with the math, let’s take a look at the teams:

AMERICAN LEAGUE STARTERS

C  Stephen Vogt, Athletics

1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

2B Jason Kipnis, Indians

3B Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays

SS Jose Iglesias, Tigers

OF Mike Trout, Angels

OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays

OF Alex Gordon, Royals

DH Nelson Cruz, Mariners

The biggest surprise is Jose Iglesias at shortstop.  While his defensive prowess is well known, many would be surprised to know he has a .325/.378/.390 slash line.  Alex Gordon may look like a stretch, but he’s 6th among AL outfielders at a 133 wRC+ and is widely regarded as the best defensive left fielder which would bump him up the list when you factor in his WAR.

NATIONAL LEAGUE STARTERS

C  Buster Posey, Giants

1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks

2B Dee Gordon, Marlins

3B Todd Frazier, Reds

SS Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals

OF Bryce Harper, Nationals

OF Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

OF Joc Pederson, Dodgers

Even when factoring in last season, Joc Pederson appears as one of the top three outfielders in the NL.  While conventional fans may scoff at his .252 average and claim he doesn’t hit enough, the fact is he’s been one of the best players in baseball this season.  He has hit 19 home runs in 291 plate appearances and has an on-base percentage (.393) higher than fellow All-Star mashers Frazier (.351) and Stanton (.341).

AMERICAN LEAGUE PITCHERS

SP Chris Archer, Rays

SP Chris Sale, White Sox

SP Corey Kluber, Indians

SP Michael Pineda, Yankees

SP Sonny Gray, Athletics

SP Dallas Keuchel, Astros

SP Carlos Carrasco, Indians

SP David Price, Tigers

RP Dellin Betances, Yankees

RP Zach Britton, Orioles

RP David Robertson, White Sox

RP Andrew Miller, Yankees

RP Carson Smith, Mariners

Chris Archer currently ranks atop the list of starting pitchers but Chris Sale will likely pass him when we reach July 14th if he continues on his torrid pace.  Michael Pineda has been inconsistent and sports a 4.25 ERA but his peripherals suggest he has been a better pitcher than that and his home run rate should regress going forward.

NATIONAL LEAGUE PITCHERS

SP Max Scherzer, Nationals

SP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers

SP Gerrit Cole, Pirates

SP Francisco Liriano, Pirates

SP Jacob deGrom, Mets

SP Jake Arrieta, Cubs

SP A.J. Burnett, Pirates

RP Drew Storen, Nationals

RP A.J. Ramos, Marlins

RP Sergio Romo, Giants

RP Aroldis Chapman, Reds

RP Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers

RP Craig Kimbrel, Padres

Barring an injury, Scherzer will be starting in Cincinnati.  The Pirates get 60% of their starting rotation in the game and all are deserving.  I will admit I wasn’t expecting to see A.J. Ramos’ name popup on this list, but in 32.2 innings for the Marlins he has struckout 34.2% of batters and boasts a WHIP of 0.80.

AMERICAN LEAGUE RESERVES

C  Russell Martin, Blue Jays

C  Brian McCann, Yankees

1B Albert Pujols, Angels

1B Mark Teixeira, Yankees

2B Brian Dozier, Twins

2B Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox

3B Manny Machado, Orioles

SS Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox

OF Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers

OF Adam Jones, Orioles

OF Michael Brantley, Indians

OF Brett Gardner, Yankees

DH Prince Fielder, Rangers

Just missed the cut: Jose Abreu, Alex Rodriguez, Eric Hosmer, George Springer

NATIONAL LEAGUE RESERVES

C  Derek Norris, Padres

C  Yadier Molina, Cardinals

1B Anthony Rizzo, Cubs

1B Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers

1B Joey Votto, Reds

2B Joe Panik, Giants

3B Matt Carpenter, Cardinals

3B Kris Bryant, Cubs

SS Brandon Crawford, Giants

OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

OF Justin Upton, Padres

OF Starling Marte, Pirates

DH Freddie Freeman, Braves

DH Lucas Duda, Mets

Just missed the cut: Denard Span, Jason Heyward, A.J. Pollock, Nolan Arenado, Nori Aoki

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