Position: Starting Right Fielder
Betts is the biggest lock to represent Boston in the All-Star Game. He’s built too big of a lead on the ballot to fall off this close to the deadline. Even if Mike Trout and/or Aaron Judge were to catch him, Betts has nearly triple the votes of the fourth place George Springer. Betts has all but clinched one of the three starting outfield spots.
For good reason. Prior to an abdomen injury that sidelined him for a couple of weeks, Betts was running away with the AL MVP race. He hit a bit of a skid as he worked his way back into the lineup but Betts is starting to heat up again.
The 25-year-old leads the league with a .679 SLG and 1.110 OPS. He’s second with a .341 batting average, third with 64 runs scored and tied for sixth with 20 home runs and 15 steals. For the analytics crowed, Betts leads the majors with a .460 wOBA and he’s second with 196 wRC+.
Betts and Judge are both right fielders. If they both get voted in to start, Betts should claim his position. After all, he’s a reigning two-time Gold Glove winner.
Even after missing time with a stint on the DL, Betts ranks third in the league with a 4.8 WAR. He’s the best all-around player on the Red Sox and right on the heels of Trout for being the best in baseball.