The past couple days have been quite a a roller coaster ride for Dodgers’ Outfielder Andre Ethier. Just a few hours after he lost the NL Final Vote to Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder Shane Victorino, Ethier was named Victorino’s replacement when it was determined that Victorino’s hamstring injury would keep him out of the All-Star Game.
After yesterday’s dominating victory over the New York Mets (which was also Andre Ethier bobblehead day), the Dodgers’ Outfielder is now batting .313 with 7 homeruns and 42 RBI. His .313 batting average is eighth in the National League and his .382 on-base percentage is eleventh in the National League.
It is the second career All-Star Game selection for Ethier, who was voted in as a starter during the 2010 All-Star Game. During that game, Ethier went 1-for-2 with a strikeout while playing six innings total between Center and Right Field.
Ethier was a surprise pick over Pirates Outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who many people have towards the top of their All-Star snubs list. McCutchen, who is batting .291 with 12 homeruns, 48 RBI and 15 stolen bases, is part of a 45-42 Pirates team that finds themselves just one game back of the NL Central lead. McCutchen is also second in the National League in WAR, or Wins Above Replacement, at 4.9. To contrast, McCutchen is worth 2.6 more wins to his team than Ethier is.
Ethier joins Dodgers Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp on the All-Star Team, giving them three players despite possessing the third worst record in the entire National League.
The 2011 All-Star Game will take place on July 12 in Phoenix, Arizona at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 2011 Home Run will take place on July 11, in the same ballpark. Matt Kemp is scheduled to compete as one of the eight hitters in the competition.