In a season where it initially looked like he would not be receiving regular playing time, Mitch Moreland has managed to turn that situation into his first All-Star Game selection.
With Hanley Ramirez getting most of the starts at first base for the first 50 or so games to start the 2018 campaign, Moreland struggled to find regular at bats, and had difficulties out of the gates because of it.
As of April 13th, the Mississippi native was slashing a mere .217/.308/.304 in 26 plate appearances. Since that point in the season, Moreland owned a .918 OPS in 60 games heading into this afternoon’s contest against the Royals.
If he had enough at bats to qualify, Moreland would rank number one in terms of OPS on the season (.883) among American League first baseman. The nine-year veteran has also collected 11 HR and 41 RBI in exactly 70 games.
Moreland will join the likes of Mookie Betts, JD Martinez, Chris Sale, and Craig Kimbrel as members of the Red Sox getting the call for this year’s Midsummer Classic. Outfielder Andrew Benintendi also has the chance to join those five, as he has been selected as one of the five players in the Final Vote for the American League.
With the All-Star Game just over a week away, I’m looking forward to seeing what our Red Sox All-Stars have in store for us in the nation’s capital.
Here’s how you can vote for Benintendi: redsox.com/vote