Wins Above Replacement (WAR) gives the NL starters a slight edge over the American League lineup if the NL chooses to start Carlos Gomez at DH and Clayton Kershaw on the mound. WAR says those 10 players would be about 61-27 so far this year even with no other standouts on the roster, while the AL All-Stars with Chris Sale on the mound would be 60-28. The value of each All-Star starter so far this season is listed below:
|Pos||NL Starter||Team||WAR||AL Starter||Team||WAR||Edge|
|1B||Joey Votto||Cincinnati||3.8||Chris Davis||Baltimore||4.3||AL|
|2B||Brandon Phillips||Cincinnati||1.9||Robinson Cano||NY Yankees||4.2||AL|
|3B||David Wright||N.Y. Mets||4.7||Miguel Cabrera||Detroit||4.8||AL|
|C||Yadier Molina||St. Louis||3.7||Joe Mauer||Minnesota||3.5||NL|
|DH*||Carlos Gomez||Milwaukee||5.4||David Ortiz||Boston||2.3||NL|
|OF||Carlos Gonzalez||Colorado||4.0||Mike Trout||LA Angels||3.6||NL|
|OF||Carlos Beltran||St. Louis||1.9||Jose Bautista||Toronto||3.5||AL|
|OF||Bryce Harper||Washington||1.4||Adam Jones||Baltimore||1.7||AL|
|SS||Troy Tulowitzki||Colorado||3.7||J.J. Hardy||Baltimore||2.2||NL|
|P*||Clayton Kershaw||L.A. Dodgers||4.9||Chris Sale||Chicago||4.3||NL|
|Record 61-27||35.4||Record 60-28||34.4||NL|
One disadvantage the AL has is that David Ortiz was voted as their DH, but the most valuable player in the league to date has been Manny Machado for the Orioles (5.0), who just happens to play the same position as the second best player in the AL, Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera. If Machado could be subbed for Ortiz, the AL squad would actually be stronger based on WAR, which gives the value of each player in the number of wins he has added with his glove and bat (or arm for pitchers) over what a replacement player would have been expected to produce.
Fans might prefer to see a match-up of the pitchers who have put up a lot of wins – Max Scherzer of the Tigers vs. Matt Harvey of the Mets – but WAR calculates that Sale and Kershaw have actually been slightly better despite having much less support. On one occasion, Kershaw even had to hit his own home run while throwing a shutout to win.