Yes, you read that correctly. After not receiving the starting nod last week, Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was selected as a reserve player for the 2019 National League Roster in the All-Star game, which will be played in Cleveland on July 9.
This is Rendon’s first career All-Star selection. As of June 30, he is solidly deserving of this honor with a .311 batting average, good for 8th in the NL. On top of that he only has four errors this season and has a 2.6 WAR.
Joining Rendon on the All-Star roster is pitcher Max Scherzer, who will be going to the All-Star game for the 7th year in a row. In his last three starts, since his broken nose/ black eye, Scherzer is 3-0 and with only two earned runs and has pitched seven or more innings each time. Just this afternoon, he had his 90th career game with 10 or more strikeouts and dominated the Detroit Tigers in what was a rematch of his 20 strikeout game against former Nat Jordan Zimmermann.
National League manager Dave Roberts (LA Dodgers) has not announced his starting pitcher yet, but Scherzer is certainly in the running. Regardless, Nats fans have two good reasons to watch the game and cheer for their hometown stars.