Guardians Add Deserving Candidate to MLB All-Star Starting Nine

Larry Rupp
The Cleveland Guardians have added a deserving candidate to the MLB All-Star starting nine.
The Cleveland Guardians have added a deserving candidate to the MLB All-Star starting nine. / AP Photos/Ron Schwane

The Cleveland Guardians saw two position players selected to the 2022 MLB All-Star Game in third baseman Jose Ramirez and second baseman Andres Gimenez. Neither one was voted in by fans as the starter, though. That is no longer the case with Gimenez taking over for an injured Jose Altuve.

Andres Gimenez All-Star Game

Altuve was struck on the left knee during the Houston Astros' Thursday night game and was out of the lineup on Friday as a result. There's no reason to risk further injury during the All-Star Game. Santiago Espinal of the Toronto Blue Jays was announced as his replacement on the roster.

Gimenez is making the first All-Star game appearance in his career and his efforts have helped the Guardians stay in the running for an American League Wild Card spot. Of course, he was acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Mets that sent shortstop Francisco Lindor to New York in January of 2021.

The 23-year-old is slashing .299/.357/.482 across 78 games played to go along with 32 runs scored, 12 doubles, 2 triples, 10 home runs, 43 RBI and 7 stolen bases. Gimenez has also come up clutch at the most important times, showcased by his .384 batting average with runners in scoring position.

Cleveland fans looking to see Gimenez in action should tune in to FOX at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday night for the start of the MLB All-Star Game. For now, the Guardians have odds set at +450 to win the AL Central division and odds set at +10000 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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