The Cincinnati Reds are in first place in the National League’s Central division, but they are only going to have one player donning their jersey in the All-Star game next week. That player will be closer Alexis Diaz.
When it comes to fan voting, it’s going to be tough to have a Reds player beat out someone. There just aren’t as many Reds fans as there are Cubs or Dodger or Braves fans. A player from Cincinnati is going to have to clearly be better than the others at their position, and probably by a wide margin to be voted into the game by fans. Pitchers, though, aren’t voted on by fans. Neither are the reserve position players.
While you could make an argument that several of Cincinnati’s position players should have made the team, you can also understand why they didn’t. Matt McLain has been outstanding, but he didn’t get called up until the middle of May. TJ Friedl and Spencer Steer have both been with the team all season and have put up strong numbers along the way. Outfield is a deep position. Steer’s moving around could have both helped or hurt him. He doesn’t stand out at one position, but given he can play all over the place can’t be a negative, either.
One place there was no argument, though, was with Alexis Diaz. He’s 23-for-24 in save opportunities this season for the Reds. He’s got a 3-1 record. In his 37.0 innings he’s allowed just 19 hits, just one home run, and he’s struck out 58 batters. He’s been about as good as a reliever can be, and it’s coming on the back of a season that may have been even better, just without the number of saves. If for some reason Cincinnati is only going to have one player on the team, Diaz is clearly the best option when compared to his positional peers.