Bronson was the only Red named to the NL All-Star team. Since (IIRC) he’ll be starting next Sunday, look for a Red-free game, unless Junior, Phillips, or Harang is added to fill an injury spot. The roster is Full of Mets.
Lancaster endorsed Phillips, which I understand, but Uggla’s been playing all season. Freddy Sanchez made it as the last infield sub. While he’s having a nice season, I thought it was a little silly that the Pirates had more representatives than the Reds, until I remembered they were the hosts.
In any event, the rosters don’t bear much relation to the standings. The first-place Reds, A’s, and Padres have one rep each, while scrubs Atlanta (3), Pittsburgh (2), Philadelphia (2) and Miami (2) did better. Twelve of the NL’s 19 position players come from teams with losing records (only the Mets, Pujols, Rolen, and Holliday represent teams over .500). Five of the 11 pitchers are from losing teams.
For some reason, Garner took 15 of his 31 players from the five-team NL East, (including the 6 starters).
I’m not sure this is the way to disprove the “NL is inferior” storyline.