Here's the hat they'll wear! (j/k)

The Bay Bridge All-Star hat! (j/k LOL SMH)

Now that the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s have gone their separate ways, It seemed like today would be a great time to bring them back together. Actually, this was Marty Lurie’s idea. I’m going on his pregame show at 1 pm tomorrow, and he said that one of the topics he might touch on is what a Bay Area All-Star Team would look like. In other words, if you made an All-Star squad out of A’s and Giants, what would it look like?

First, some parameters. Instead of the 35+ players one might see on the National League and American League All-Star rosters, let’s narrow this to a standard 25-man roster: 13 position players, 12 pitchers. Before I start on this, I honestly have no idea which local team will have more players on our regional All-Star roster, but after watching the A’s take three of four from the Giants I suspect Oakland will have more representatives.

(rWAR = Baseball Reference; fWAR = Fangraphs)

Starting Lineup

Catcher

Derek Norris: .210/.338/.328 (0.7 rWAR, 0.7 fWAR)
Buster Posey:.294/.382/.492 (1.8 rWAR, 1.8 fWAR)

Bay Bridge All-Star: Posey

Notes: no explanation needed.

First Base

Brandon Moss: .234/.337/.418 (0.8 rWAR, 0.7 fWAR)
Brandon Belt: .250/.324/.427 (1.2 rWAR, 1.1 fWAR)

Bay Bridge All-Star: Belt

Notes: Moss hit the HR to end the 19-inning game, but Belt is a better defender.

Second Base

Eric Sogard: .267/.328/.333 (0.7 rWAR, 0.0 fWAR)
Marco Scutaro: .330/.381/.430 (1.9 rWAR, 1.5 fWAR)

Bay Bridge All-Star: Scutaro

Notes: The offensive disparity is just too large to penalize Scutaro for his rotten defense.

Third Base

Josh Donaldson: .327/.401/.548 (2.4 rWAR, 2.7 fWAR)
Pablo Sandoval: .288/.328/.434 (0.9 rWAR, 1.1 fWAR)

Bay Bridge All-Star: Donaldson

Notes: Donaldson is the A’s/Giants MVP so far, so this one was easy.

Shortstop

Jed Lowrie: .304/.385/.435 (1.0 rWAR, 1.1 fWAR)
Brandon Crawford: .283/.349/.449 (1.6 rWAR, 1.4 fWAR)

Bay Bridge All-Star: Crawford

Notes: Lowrie’s been getting on base a little more, but Crawford, surprisingly, has shown more power. Defense gave Crawford the advantage.

Outfield

Yoenis Cespedes: .228/.301/.463 (0.9 rWAR, 1.0 fWAR)
Coco Crisp: .284/.384/.486 (1.8 rWAR, 1.2 fWAR)
Josh Reddick: .152/.266/.250 (-0.1 rWAR, -0.1 fWAR)
Gregor Blanco: .268/.329/.338 (0.5 rWAR, 0.5 fWAR)
Angel Pagan: .262/.314/.374 (-0.0 rWAR, 0.6 fWAR)
Hunter Pence: .294/.339/.509 (2.0 rWAR, 2.1 fWAR)

Bay Bridge All-Stars: Cespedes, Crisp, Pence

Notes: I was going to include Cespedes on this list even if he didn’t have the third-highest WAR, since this is an All-*STAR* team.

Pitching Staff

Starting Pitchers

A.J. Griffin: 69.0 IP, 4.04 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 56 SO (0.8 rWAR, 0.7 fWAR)
Tommy Milone: 69.0 IP, 4.04 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 58 SO (0.7 rWAR, 0.8 fWAR)
Jarrod Parker: 61.2 IP, 5.40 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 44 SO (0.1 rWAR, -0.2 fWAR)
Bartolo Colon: 61.1 IP, 3.82 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 39 SO (1.1 rWAR, 1.2 fWAR)
Dan Straily: 39.0 IP, 5.08 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 33 SO (0.2 rWAR, 0.7 fWAR)
Madison Bumgarner: 72.0 IP, 3.13 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 69 SO (1.0 rWAR, 1.1 fWAR)
Matt Cain: 68.1 IP, 5.00 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 62 SO (-0.4 rWAR, -0.2 fWAR)
Tim Lincecum: 65.0 IP, 5.12 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 68 SO (-0.8 rWAR, 0.5 fWAR)
Barry Zito: 62.2 IP, 3.88 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 39 SO (-0.4 rWAR, 0.6 fWAR)
Ryan Vogelsong: 46.1 IP, 7.19 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 40 SO (-1.7 rWAR, -0.6 fWAR)

Bay Bridge All-Stars: Bumgarner, Colon, Griffin, Milone

Notes: Blech. This wasn’t exactly what we expected to see before the season started. In fact, I feel kind of ill after filling out all those numbers. No way five guys deserve to make it out of this group … even though Zito has a winning record and an ERA under 4.00, he has been horrible away from AT&T and has given up more hits than anyone on either staff.

Relievers

Grant Balfour: 22.1 IP, 1.61 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 25 SO, 12 SV (1.1 rWAR, 0.1 fWAR)
Jerry Blevins: 24.2 IP, 1.82 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 20 SO (0.8 rWAR, 0.6 fWAR)
Sean Doolittle: 24.1 IP, 1.48 ERA, 0.62 WHIP, 24 SO (1.1 rWAR, 0.7 fWAR)
Ryan Cook: 22.2 IP, 2.38 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 26 SO, 1 SV (0.6 rWAR, 0.7 fWAR)
Pat Neshek: 19.2 IP, 2.29 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 15 SO (0.3 rWAR, 0.1 fWAR)
Evan Scribner: 18.2 IP, 5.30 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 10 SO (0.0 rWAR, -0.1 fWAR)
Chris Resop: 18.0 IP, 6.00 ERA, 1.78 WHIP, 13 SO (-0.3 rWAR, -0.3 fWAR)
Jesse Chavez: 12.0 IP, 3.00 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 9 SO (0.1 rWAR, 0.1 fWAR)
Sergio Romo: 22.0 IP, 2.86 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 24 SO, 14 SV (0.3 rWAR, 0.6 fWAR)
George Kontos: 26.1 IP, 5.13 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 23 SO (-0.3 rWAR, 0.0 fWAR)
Santiago Casilla: 19.0 IP, 1.89 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 16 SO (0.6 rWAR, -0.2 fWAR)
Jeremy Affeldt: 17.0 IP, 2.12 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 10 SO (0.4 rWAR, 0.0 fWAR)
Javier Lopez: 15.0 IP, 1.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 17 SO (0.2 rWAR, 0.4 fWAR)
Chad Gaudin: 30.2 IP, 2.05 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 28 SO (0.7 rWAR, 0.3 fWAR)
Jose Mijares: 17.0 IP, 2.12 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, 17 SO (0.4 rWAR, 0.0 fWAR)
Jean Machi: 15.2 IP, 2.87 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 15 SO (0.3 rWAR, 0.4 fWAR)

Bay Bridge All-Stars: Balfour, Doolittle, Blevins, Gaudin, Cook, Casilla*, Romo, Lopez, Machi*

Notes: I added Machi as Casilla’s injury replacement over Neshek and Affeldt, mostly because of this.

Bench

Besides the guys who didn’t make it as starters, here are the other players with at least 100 PA …

Seth Smith: .284/.363/.456 (0.4 rWAR, 1.0 fWAR)
John Jaso: .250/.347/.320 (0.2 rWAR, 0.4 fWAR)
Chris Young: .180/.269/.359 (-0.4 rWAR, -0.2 fWAR)
Adam Rosales: .209/.306/.360 (0.5 rWAR, 0.2 fWAR)
Andres Torres: .276/.321/.400 (0.1 rWAR, 0.6 fWAR)

Bay Bridge All-Stars: Sandoval, Lowrie, Moss, Smith, Blanco

Notes: Smith is good to have around as a DH in case the team plays in an American League park. Also, Torres’ WAR (0.1) is less than Barry Zito’s as a batter (0.2) according to Baseball Reference.

Bay Bridge All-Star Team

C: Buster Posey – Giants
1B: Brandon Belt – Giants
2B: Marco Scutaro – Giants
3B: Josh Donaldson – Athletics
SS: Brandon Crawford – Giants
OF: Yoenis Cespedes – Athletics
OF: Coco Crisp – Athletics
OF: Hunter Pence – Giants
B: Pablo Sandoval – Giants
B: Gregor Blanco – Giants
B: Jed Lowrie – Athletics
B: Brandon Moss – Athletics
B: Theth Thmith – Athletics

SP: Madison Bumgarner – Giants
SP: Bartolo Colon – Athletics
SP: A.J. Griffin – Athletics
SP: Tommy Milone – Athletics
RP: Grant Balfour – Athletics
RP: Sean Doolittle – Athletics
RP: Jerry Blevins – Athletics
RP: Ryan Cook – Athletics
RP: Sergio Romo – Giants
RP: Chad Gaudin – Giants
RP: Javier Lopez – Giants
RP: Jean Machi – Giants

Totals per team: 13 Athletics, 12 Giants (turns out I was right … barely)

Last Contest of the Week

Congratulations to the winners of our first two Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria giveaways this week: Giants49ersLove for answering the Brandons Quiz, and Otis Byrd III for answering the question on which local baseball team will end up the better record. They’ll both receive a voucher good for a large pizza (any toppings). I believe this was OB3’s first win after entering every contest so far, which means an end to a pretty long drought.

I have one more pizza to give away, if you want to have a chance to win just answer one of these two questions:

1. How would you change my Bay Bridge All-Star Team, or would you leave it like this?
2. Should I try to get Marty Lurie to take the Brandons Quiz, reference the Marty Lurie Drinking Game during my segment, or both?