It’s official – the 2021 MLB All-Star Game will be a Red Sox-heavy affair. In addition to having two players in the starting lineup, Boston also had three named to the game as part of the pitchers and reserves announcement.
Designated hitter J.D. Martinez, and pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Matt Barnes will be joining shortstop Xander Bogaerts and third baseman Rafael Devers in Colorado. The league announced the full rosters Sunday afternoon.
Martinez is hitting .303 for the Red Sox this year with 17 home runs and 56 RBIs in 77 games. This season has been a major resurgence for the 33-year-old, who struggled in 2020. 2021 will be his fourth All-Star appearance, and third since coming to Boston in 2018.
Eovaldi has been the best and most consistent pitcher in the Red Sox rotation through the first half of the season. In 17 starts he’s 9-4 with a 3.41 ERA and a WHIP of just 1.198. This will be his first All-Star appearance.
Barnes has been one of the best closers in baseball this season. He’s recorded 18 saves and has a 2.75 ERA and has a career-best WHIP of 0.833. It is also his first All-Star appearance.
This is the first time the Red Sox have had five All-Stars in a season since 2018, when they were represented by Martinez, Mookie Betts, Mitch Moreland, Chris Sale, and Craig Kimbrel. The team has had six All-Stars on a number of occasions, most recently in 2016.
The MLB All-Star Game will be played Tuesday night in Denver, Colorado at Coors Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m..
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