On Sunday, the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star teams were announced for the game to be played on July 13 in Anaheim, California. The St. Louis Cardinals had five players selected, including two starters – catcher Yadier Molina and first baseman Albert Pujols. Outfielder Matt Holliday was named to the National League squad as were pitchers Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright.
Pujols is the dean of the Cardinals All-Star performers as this will be his ninth game. He missed only his second season, 2002. The three-time NL Most Valuable Player, including the last two seasons, is leading the majors with 20 home runs and took home the long ball title in 2009 with 47.
Molina was voted into his second consecutive All-Star Game, the only two in his career to date. The defensive standout, a two-time Gold Glove Award winner (2008, 2009), was selected to be a starter in Anaheim despite a .229 batting average this season.
Though Holliday struggled at times during the first half, he still batted over .300, hit 11 home runs and drove in 39. That coming on the heels of his fantastic 2009 debut with St. Louis warrants a selection. In just 63 games following his trade from Oakland, Holliday hit 13 home runs, drove in 55 and batted .353. This will be his fourth All-Star game.
Carpenter and Wainwright are among the top pitching duos in all of baseball. In one of the closest three-way races ever, they finished second and third in the 2009 National League Cy Young Award voting to San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum. This season, the two are in the top ten in ERA in the league at 2.70 and 2.34, respectively. They have combined for 20 wins personally and the Cardinals are 13-5 when Carpenter has started and 11-6 behind Wainwright.
The two are the first Cardinals pair of starters to make the team since Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton in 1969. This is Carpenter’s third All-Star selection and Wainwright’s first.
The total of five are the most Cardinals All-Stars since six were chosen in 2005. That group included Pujols and Carpenter, who would go on to take the MVP and Cy Young Awards that season.
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