Jon Lester

2018 MLB All-Stars That Will Suck in 2019

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The MLB All-Star Game is a celebration of the best in baseball each and every summer. However, one All-Star nod doesn't necessarily mean long-term success for a player. While it was great to see some of these players in last year's Mid-Summer Classic, it also means there are more than a few candidates for regression heading into the 2019 MLB season.


Here are the five players that are likely going to make us wonder how they made the All-Star team last year.

5. Jon Lester – SP, Chicago Cubs

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Jon Lester had a 3.32 ERA in 2018, while his SIERA (Skill-Interactive Earned Run Average) was 4.57. In theory, Lester should have given up a full 1.2 runs more than he did last season. That's a huge red flag for a starting pitcher who's already 35 years old. Lester might technically still be the ace of the Chicago Cubs staff, but after 2019 he might not even be in the top three spots of their rotation.

4. Mitch Moreland – 1B, Boston Red Sox

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Mitch Moreland was a first-time All-Star in 2018 and had an abysmal second half to close out the season. In the second half of last season, he hit .191 with just four home runs and while Moreland did produce well enough in limited postseason action, he still only hit .245 on the year. Expect a big-time regression from the first baseman this season.

3. Shin-Soo Choo – OF, Texas Rangers

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Shin-Soo Choo has managed to maintain a respectable level of production for a while now and finally slid into his first All-Star game in 2018. However, he was on a bad Texas Rangers team and made it as the team's lone participant. Choo will be 36 in 2019 so his best days could certainly be behind him. He hit .217 with three home runs and just 19 RBI after the All-Star Break last season and it doesn't look like he'll just jump back to his early 2018 numbers anytime soon.

2. Nelson Cruz – DH/OF, Minnesota Twins

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Nelson Cruz has been a solid contributor for a while now, but age is finally starting to catch up to him. He still managed to make his sixth MLB All-Star Game thanks to his power numbers, but over the course of the season his average dropped 32 points from 2017 and his slugging was 40 points worse, despite hitting 37 home runs. Expect the outfielder to be a middle-of-the-road option in 2019.

1. Mike Foltynewicz – SP, Atlanta Braves

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Statistically, Mike Foltynewicz was one of the luckiest pitchers in baseball last year. He had an ERA of 2.85, the best of his career by nearly two runs, but a SIERA of 3.77, meaning he should have had an ERA a full run higher than it actually was. Foltynewicz is in a prime spot to regress, and if he returns to his former self that means an ERA around 4.50 or 5.00.

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