The first few months of the 2017 season have been a bit bumpy for the Cardinals, but fans now have at least one clear reason to celebrate.
St. Louis received two bids to the National League All-Star team, as Yadier Molina and Carlos Martinez have been selected to represent the Cardinals at the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami.
For Molina, it marks his eighth career All-Star appearance, and a return to the stage after he was not selected in 2016–an omission that broke his streak of seven straight appearances. Molina has enjoyed a surprising power surge in 2017, as his nine home runs on the season are the most since 2013. Though the rest of Molina’s numbers offensively this season (.273/.308/.419) are not as robust as they were a year ago, his status as a household name and one of the great defensive catchers in the history of baseball seems to have been enough to earn a bid this year.
In the case of Martinez, there is no question whether he is deserving of his All-Star selection, the second of his still-rising MLB career. Martinez has pitched to a career-best 2.88 ERA thus far in 2017, striking out 121 hitters in 106.1 innings, and further cementing himself as the righteous ace of the Cardinals pitching staff.
The 2017 MLB All-Star Game takes place Tuesday, July 11.