The 2014 MLB All-Star Game has its early favorite for an MVP award. In the event of a National League victory, of course, the hardware very well might go to Milwaukee Brewers’ catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
Lucroy came up to bat twice with runners on base. Twice he faced one of the top left-handed starters in all of baseball: Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox in his first at-bat and Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox in his second at-bat. In both cases he delivered an RBI double.
Lucroy turned on the pitch against Lester, sending a shot off the left field wall. Trying to deal with Sale and his wicked delivery, Lucroy changed his approach and used the big part of the field. He might have hit the ball the other way, but the results were otherwise the same: an RBI double of the wall.
This shot tied things up and made the midsummer classic a brand new game.
A tip of the cap is in order to Dee Gordon and his breathtaking speed.
Lucroy is starting to get acknowledged as an MVP candidate in the National League, and rightfully so. The combination of solid defense and elite offense that he brings at the catcher position is a big part of Milwaukee’s success. He might not have been a big name outside of Milwaukee entering Tuesday night’s game, but this ought to start to get him the attention he deserves.
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