Oberg was disgracefully robbed from the 2019 All-Star Game; his first-half ERA of 1.24 was the second-lowest in the National League.
And this was probably his best shot of being an All-Star. Given the rocky road of relief pitching, asking the same thing out of another half-season is a stretch.
Blackmon is another “face of the league,” but will Chuck Nazty continue to deliver? He’s lost some pep in his step in the outfield (he’s currently sporting a rough -1.2 dWAR, and the eye test is not pretty), though it’s not like poor defense makes a big difference to All-Star voters. And if the season ended today Blackmon would have the second-best OPS of his career at .995.
However, Blackmon will be 34 by July of next season. Younger outfielders like Juan Soto or Hunter Renfroe will be gunning for that spot. It will be a legitimate challenge for Blackmon to make a fourth consecutive All-Star Game.
Story’s strikeout percentage has crept back up to 26.8 percent this season, while his offensive statistics are a little down. Plus, the cast of NL shortstops is improving, such as Fernando Tatis Jr. of the Padres and even Nick Ahmed.
Thankfully the should-be Gold Glover will continue to turn heads with web gems on defense, but will it be enough to earn him a third consecutive appearance?