MLB All-Star Game Voting Results: Are Starlin Castro And Bryan LaHair Deserving Selections Considering Their Positions?

The Chicago Cubs are the worst team in the National League, so it makes sense that there has been some handwringing over Starlin Castro and Bryan LaHair both making the All-Star team. Can a last place team really have two All-Stars? It's a fair question, and it's one taken on by Brett Taylor of SB Nation Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue.

Taylor's argument is that it's hard to get worked up over the inclusions of Castro and LaHair considering how weak the shortstop and first base positions have been in the National League this year. LaHair is the only NL reserve at first base, and though the Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt would've likely been a more deserving selection, it's by no means a truly egregious oversight.

Castro made the team alongside Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, and though Jed Lowrie of the Houston Astros is arguably having a better year than both, Lowrie and Castro are only separated by .4 wins per Fangraphs' version of WAR. Lowrie was deserving, but Castro's selection isn't an outrage either.

For more news and updates from around the league, drop by Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer. And for a closer look at the numbers and analysis behind the game, visit the sabermetrics blog Beyond the Box Score or keep up to date with the league's transactions at MLB Daily Dish.

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