The Arizona Diamondbacks will send two players to the 2015 MLB All-Star Game next week in Cincinnati after A.J. Pollock was named as a reserve player for the National League team. Pollock will join teammate Paul Goldschmidt in Cincinnati as the only two Diamondbacks to represent the club in the Mid-Summer Classic.
It will be the third consecutive season that Arizona will have two representatives; 2013: Goldschmidt and Patrick Corbin, 2014: Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero. Since 2007 the Diamondbacks have had at least two All-Stars each year in all but two seasons (2010- Chris Young, 2012- Wade Miley).
Pollock is well deserving of this honor as he is one of the more underrated outfielders in the entire Major Leagues.
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In 81 games thus far in the 2015 season Pollock carries a slash line of .303/.346/.464 (OPS of .810) with 10 home runs, 38 RBIs, and 18 stolen bases (5th in MLB) in just 23 attempts. He currently ranks 3rd in the National League in runs scored (54) and hits (96).
His 38 RBIs and 18 stolen bases are already career-highs and numbers that will only continue to get better in the second half of the season. Pollock also ranks 7th in the National League amongst hitters in WAR with a 3.67 mark.
Diamondbacks fans should be very happy with how well their team has performed up to this point of the season. The Diamondbacks are currently 40-42, just six games behind the National League West leading Los Angeles Dodgers and only one game behind the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
As soon as the Diamondbacks can climb over Mt. .500 the club can finally begin to go on their big run. The team has lost over 10 consecutive ball games after closing to just one game under .500. The Diamondbacks latest offense of this occurred on Sunday against Colorado after winning the first three games of the series to better their record to 40-41, but were unable to complete the sweep nor reach the .500 mark with a 6-4 loss to the Rockies.
Behind 2015 NL All-Stars Goldschmidt and Pollock, the Diamondbacks will look to get back to their winning ways when they take on the Texas Rangers in a mid-week inter-league showdown.