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Four Dodgers are off to the All-Star Game in Cincinnati

The Dodgers were shut out of any starters for this year's All-Star Game, but they certainly weren't for reserves.

Congratulations are in order for Joc Pederson, Adrian Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal, and Zack Greinke for representing the Dodgers in the National League.  All very well-deserved picks.

Clayton Kershaw is one name not on the list, but he still has a chance to be added via the "Final Five" voting.  Simply put, if the fans want him in, he'll have to beat out Troy Tulowitzki, Johnny Cueto, Jeurys Familia, and Carlos Martinez.  It's hard to ever guess how this voting process can go, so it's a toss-up right now.

Two names who had a chance but are on the outside looking in are Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen.  Turner is a bit of a disappointment, especially considering he's .312 with 11 homers and 37 RBIs, and has taken over full-time duties at third base for the departed Juan Uribe.  I think he still has a chance of getting in once injury replacements are named.  Jansen has a bit of a chance with 13 saves and a 1.93 ERA, but losing some time with the injured foot didn't help his cause.

Both Greinke and Pederson have great chances at ending up being starters.  Greinke is 7-2 with an NL-leading 1.48 ERA and 0.89 WHIP.  He next pitches on Thursday, which lines him up perfectly to pitch the following Tuesday on full rest.  Of course, Bruce Bochy also can say the same about his own Madison Bumgarner, who will be on four-days' rest.  Max Scherzer will be on a full week of rest, and it's hard to ignore his numbers, too.

Pederson could quite possibly sub for Matt Holliday, who is battling a sore quad.  If Holliday can't go, then an outfield of Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen (subbing for Giancarlo Stanton), and Pederson would be young and fun to watch.  He will have to compete with A.J. Pollack and Justin Upton for the honor.  On the season, Pederson has smacked 20 homers and 35 RBIs, though he's struggled a bit with a .234 AVG. 

A-Gon will be making his fifth appearance, and first as a Dodger.  He hit a home run in his last appearance in 2011 with the Red Sox.  This year, he's hitting .291 with 23 doubles, 15 homers, and 50 RBIs.

It's great to see Grandal getting the final nod at catcher behind Buster Posey and Yadier Molina.  Hopefully he can sneak at least one inning in, as those two could probably go the full nine if they wanted.  Grandal leads NL catchers with an .881 OPS, just above Posey.  Not bad.

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Four Dodgers are off to the All-Star Game in Cincinnati


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