Sunday turned out to be a pretty good day for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Aside from beating the Pirates and moving into a tie for first place in the NL Central as the calendar turns to July, MLB announced that the team will have a total of four players (for now) representing Milwaukee in this year’s All-Star Game.
In addition to the NL’s leading vote-getter in Christian Yelich, the team will be sending Mike Moustakas and Yasmani Grandal as reserves and Josh Hader as a member of the All-Star bullpen.
All four were pretty clear selections, with Grandal and Moustakas being among the leading vote-getters at their positions during the fan voting, and Hader once again proving himself to be one of the biggest relief weapons in baseball.
A name missing from the list is Brandon Woodruff, who was not selected as one of the NL’s starting pitchers. A slow start to the year may have cost him the sparkling ERA that usually gets the attention of those selecting the pitchers, but he does rank 5th in the league in strikeouts and is on a hot streak that helped keep the Brewers’ heads above (or at least at) water during a .500 month of June.
Should a member of the NL pitching staff not be able to make it to Cleveland, whether by injury or pitching the weekend before the game, Woodruff could be a prime candidate to replace them. His next — and final, before the break — start is slated for the 4th of July, which would put him on normal rest for the All-Star Game on July 9th.