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Six Pack of Stats: 2018 All-Star Game

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Even if you insist the MVP goes to a player on the winning team, they chose the wrong guy

89th MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard
The Real MVP: By WPA, Gennett’s two-run blast to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth should have made him the game’s Most Valuable Player.
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-.448

Ross Stripling of the Los Angeles Dodgers earned the lowest WPA in the All-Star Game, for his four hits and three earned in the 10th inning. Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers, who gave up four hits and three runs (one earned) in a third of an inning (yet undoubtedly had the worst All-Star Game of anyone based on the revelations during the game of his past racist tweets), finished a close second, at -.430.

.000

José Abreu of the Chicago White Sox went 0-for-2 in the game, with a K in the second inning and a fly out to center field in the fourth. He’s now 0-for-3 all-time in All-Star play.

.473

Scooter Gennett’s pinch-hit, one-out, two-run homer to tie it in the bottom of the ninth earned .473 WPA, better than Jean Segura (.365) or Alex Bregman (.223). The Cincinnati second sacker should have been the MVP of the All-Star Game.

2.62

Gennett’s homer came when facing the most intense leverage of the game, at 2.62 aLI.

40

Charlie Morton of the Houston Astros threw the most pitches in the game, with 40 over his two innings (during which he blew a save with two earned on two homers).

44

With its 44th win last night, the American League completed a 55-year quest to regain the series lead from the NL. The all-time record now favors the AL, 44-43-2.