The Reds will be well represented in the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota as they will be sending four to the Mid-Summer Classic.
Leading the way is staff ace Johnny Cueto, followed by his battery mate Devin Mesoraco, third baseman Todd Frazier and closer Aroldis Chapman. The Reds could have easily had a National League best five representatives as Alfredo Simon (11-3, 2.78) has been one of the top pitchers in the NL.
Instead the Reds settle for four players tying them with the Dodgers, Brewers and Cardinals for most All-Stars in the senior circuit. The Pirates and Braves each added three while the Marlins, Padres, Nationals, and Mets will send one lone player. The Reds selections also feature three of the 25 first time players (Frazier, Cueto, and Mesoraco).
Chapman will return for his third All-Star Game as he has boasted a solid season after missing time recovering from a gruesome injury in spring training. The man responsible for that injury, Salvador Perez, will most likely start at catcher for the AL as Matt Wieters is out for the season. As for Chapman, he's posted a 2.55 ERA while converting 17 of his 19 save opportunities and is averaging almost two strikeouts per inning.
Frazier could have very easily started at third for the NL, but Brewers fans stuffed the ballot box to earn Aramis Ramirez his third All-Star nod. The "Toddfather" has launched 17 homers with 47 RBI while hitting .291 on a Reds team that often struggles to score runs. He's even contributed at first base this season to help rest an ailing Joey Votto.
Mesoraco earned his first All-Star bid despite missing a majority of April. When he did get into games during the first month, he was on the warpath, clubbing homers left and right. He is currently hitting .317 with 15 long balls and 42 RBI. Starting at catcher for the NL will be Yadier Molina who is making his sixth appearance in the All-Star Game, tied with Chase Utley for the most on the squad.
Johnny Cueto has been healthy and dominant in the 2014 season posting a ridiculous 1.99 ERA through the first half with two starts left against the hapless Cubs and a Pirates team that he has thrown two complete games already this season. Cueto (8-6, 130 Ks) could make a case for starting the game, but NL Manager Mike Matheny could choose his own guy, Adam Wainwright (11-4, 1.89 ERA) or Clayton Kershaw (10-2, 1.85 ERA) who has not only thrown a no-hitter and is currently in the midst of a 36 scoreless inning streak.