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Trea Turner and Carlos Rodon are 2021 MLB All-Stars

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Trea Turner has been consistently good for long enough that making the All-Star team felt like a matter of time for him. Carlos Rodon, on the other hand, has struggled through so much that it was fair to wonder if he’d ever be good enough to earn that kind of recognition.

This year, both of them are All-Stars for the first time. They’ve taken different routes to get here, but both have definitely earned their spots in Denver.

Turner ranks third among National League hitters in batting average (.318), 10th in OPS (.879), seventh in wins above replacement (2.9), third in hits (100), and first in stolen bases (18). He’s slashing .318/.367/.513 and with 14 home runs already, he’s almost certainly going to break his career-high of 19 in a single season.

Rodon has a no-hitter to his credit this season and among AL pitchers he is third in ERA (2.37), fifth in WAR (3.0), first in K/9 (13.1), third in WHIP (0.944), fifth in K/BB (4.7), and third in total strikeouts (122). He is likely to set a bunch of career-bests.