The Colorado Rockies will not have a player in the starting lineup since the first time since 2010 and, if a Colorado Rockies pitcher doesn’t start the game, it will be the first time since 2009 that the Rockies were only represented on the bench or in the bullpen of the All-Star roster.
But for the Rockies, part of that is because they don’t have a player that is a clear-cut All-Star.
So let’s take a look at the possible candidates.
Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story has hit .255/.328/.439 on the season with an OPS+ of 101. He has nine home runs and 36 RBI on the season.
By WAR, he is tied for third on the Rockies with a 1.5 rWAR and he leads the team with 1.7 fWAR but none of these are particularly “Trevor Story-like” numbers.
He has played better recently (.316 AVG and a .981 OPS in his last 15 games) and he will be participating in the Home Run Derby the night before the All-Star Game.
Does he have a case? Sure. Is it the strongest case on the Rockies? I would contend that he does not.
Throughout much of the 2021 season, Ryan McMahon has had the strongest case for making the All-Star Game for the Rockies.
He leads the team in home runs and RBI and leads the team in rWAR by a large margin (2.5) and is second in fWAR to Story (1.5). He has been phenomenal on defense at two different positions too.
However, he has struggled a lot at the plate recently as he is in a 5-for-35 skid and, if you look even further back, a 15-for-74 skid, which goes back to June 2.
Rockies manager Bud Black said prior to Thursday’s game that he thought McMahon had been pressing a bit at the plate and he also said that he thought his timing was off a little bit as well.
But is he still an All-Star now?