ESPN, using their player ratings (based on percentages that are based on statistical rankings), projected four Phillies would make the National League All-Star team: Chase Utley, Pat Burrell, Cole Hamels and Brad Lidge.
Chase Utley – 78.2 (2nd in baseball [Lance Berkman])
Pat Burrell – 53.5 (highest among NL outfielders)
Cole Hamels – 53.4 (3rd in NL [Tim Lincecum, Edinson Volquez])
Brad Lidge – 36.9 (highest among NL relievers)
Ryan Howard’s 51.5 rating would’ve put him on the team above Adrian Gonzalez, but the Padres needed a representative.
On second glance, I grossly underrated Burrell. He’s tops all outfielders in HR (21) and OPS (1.005). That OPS is sick, by the way. He’s one of five players in baseball with an OPS over 1.000. He definitely deserves to be an all-star.