The St. Louis Cardinals have the best record in baseball... yet they don't have a single player leading at his position in the All-Star Game balloting.
Maybe the reason the Cardinals are so good this season is BECAUSE they don't have a player who really stands out as a superstar.
The Cardinals have beaten other teams with an offense that can score from any part of the batting order. They don't do it with a mega star clean-up hitter who drives in a third of their runs. With the exception of catcher Yadier Molina's batting average, the Birds don't have any position players with out of this world baseball cards stats. There's nothing wrong with that.
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Offensively, the numbers that really stand out are the club's numbers with runners in scoring position. That means they have a bunch of guys who know how to play the game and bear down when it counts.
Pitching plays a big part of St. Louis' success. And that is a position where the Cardinals could find some All-Star Game representation. But a cast of unsung heroes in the form of the stream of rookies from Class AAA Memphis and Class AA Springfield has near nearly as much to do with the parent club's success as do Adam Wainwright and Edward Mujica.
It's a source of pride when you're favorite team is well-represented in the All-Star Game. But not nearly as much as it is when your club wins a pennant or a World Series title. And usually the great teams have a worth that's greater than the sum of their parts.
St. Louis fans don't need other team's rooters to validate their club with All-Star ballots.