J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts miss out on All-Star starts

Amin Touri
June 28, 2019 - 7:00 am

Alex Cora will be filling out the lineup card at the All-Star Game in two weeks’ time, but he won’t have any of his own guys at his disposal in the starting nine.

The defending World Series champions won’t have a starter at this year’s Midsummer Classic, as J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts were passed over for starting spots at designated hitter and outfield, respectively. Starting at designated hitter will be Hunter Pence, while American League outfield will consist of Mike Trout, George Springer and Michael Brantley.

Pence is arguably having a slightly better season than the Sox’ slugger, slashing .294/.353/.608 with 15 homers to Martinez’ .287/.364/.528 with 17 homers, and earned over 600,000 votes to Martinez’ 405,000.

Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers surprisingly missed out on even making the final three in their respective positions before the starters were chosen, so Boston’s only representative in Cleveland could be Martinez off the bench, though Bogaerts, Devers and Betts could still make it when the reserves are announced on Sunday, while Chris Sale and David Price both have an outside chance.

The Astros led the way with three starters — Alex Bregman, George Springer and Michael Brantley — while the Yankees were the only other AL team with multiple starters in Gary Sanchez and D.J. LeMahieu.

The Red Sox had three starters in 2018, with Betts and Martinez in the lineup while Sale took the ball as the AL’s starting pitcher. Mitch Moreland and Craig Kimbrel also represented Boston in 2018.