It was learned last week that the Phillies designated hitter Bryce Harper was voted starter of the 2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Los Angeles. On Sunday night, ESPN’s All-Star Selection Show revealed the remaining All-Stars. Although some players got numbers, the Phillies will only have one healthy All-Star on the roster.
Phillies left fielder Kyle Schwarber was named reserve outfielder. Leading the National League in home runs, Schwarber was an obvious offensive choice. While the opportunity was there for the National League to replace Harper in the roster with another Phillie in Schwarber, the nod went to someone else.
Designated hitter Guillaume Contreras Atlanta Braves will replace Harper in the roster. This means that William and his brother, receiver Willson Contreras of the Chicago Cubs, will start on the same All-Star roster. This is the first brother duo since Roberto Alomar and Sandy Alomar, Jr. started in the same range in 1992.
Another disappointment came in pitcher selection.
Despite posting a stellar 8-4 record and a 2.46 ERA, Zack Wheeler was passed over for National League staff. The reason could have been the inclusion of the Cincinnati Reds starter Luis Castillo, whose numbers are very good but not as good as Wheeler. Castillo made the roster as the only Cincinnati Reds player.
While on the surface, Aaron NolaThe 5-6 record and 3.15 ERA looks lower than Wheeler’s, Nola’s 3.4 WAR is actually 0.2 higher than Wheeler’s 3.2. The case could very well have been made for Nola too, although he was not the one many expected to come from the Phillies staff.
There could be opportunities for either pitcher, after injuries and ineligible pitchers are considered.
But for now, Schwarber is the only healthy Phillies player on the 2022 National League All-Star Team. Another opportunity could arise: players have yet to be named for the Home derby. Run 2022. As the league leader, Schwarber should at least be considered.