Anthony Rendon was deserving of an invitation to Tuesday’s All-Star Game, but the Nationals’ third baseman was passed over for a spot and instead got a four-day break. The time off evidently didn’t bother Rendon, who continued his torrid start to the second half Sunday with two more hits, including a home run, and two RBI in a 14-4 rout of the Reds.
In three games since the all-star break, Rendon is hitting 7 for 11 with three home runs and nine RBI, numbers that only strengthen his sneaky-good MVP case. The Nationals are convinced Rendon is the best third baseman in baseball, and they don’t care who knows it. On Sunday, that led to a fun back-and-forth on Twitter with the Rockies, who have their own star third baseman.
The Rockies replied to the Nationals’ boastful tweet with a GIF of Nolan Arenado, who leads the National League in RBI and was voted a starter in the All-Star Game by the fans.
The Nationals responded with a clip of Daniel Murphy making the case for Rendon to be an all-star earlier this month by asking, “Do you go to FanGraphs?”
The numbers on FanGraphs indicate that Rendon produced the most wins above replacement (4.1) in the first half of the season among players who qualify for the batting title. Arenado produced 2.9 WAR.
Yes, but look at all the fancy hardware Arenado has won during his five seasons, the Rockies countered.
But what about FanGraphs?!
A Nationals-Rockies playoff series wouldn’t be the worst thing.