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Cardinals news and notes: All-Americans, Statcast, and the Nationals

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World Baseball Classic - Championship Round - Game 3 - United States v Puerto Rico Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Hello, all. Today is a work holiday for some of you and not a work holiday for others (including myself) but tomorrow is the big feature. And I will use the backdrop of a patriotic American holiday to (once again) dig out one of my favorite pastimes—creating a dream Team USA baseball team.

I think I did this last year. I think I did it during the World Baseball Classic. It’s silly that I keep doing this but I enjoy it so I’m going to do so. So here is my 25-man roster for a truly meaningful international tournament for the United States. Although players are not tied to nationality as strictly as in international soccer or hockey, I kept eligibility logical—I stuck with players born in the United States who have not played for another country in the WBC (hence players like Anthony Rizzo and Manny Machado are not a part of it) and I excluded players from Puerto Rico, as the territory has typically had its own national team in baseball and other sports. I assume that a designated hitter would be implemented here, but even if not, just assume the roster remains the same. Also I disregarded current injuries, though gave some consideration to how I predict those injuries will affect the players going forward. I largely consulted ZiPS and Steamer rest-of-season projections so if I missed somebody, blame them and do not hold me responsible for anything I ever do or say.

So here it goes:

Starting Lineup

  1. Paul Goldschmidt, first base, Arizona Diamondbacks
  2. Mike Trout, center field, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  3. Josh Donaldson, third base, Toronto Blue Jays
  4. Bryce Harper, left field, Washington Nationals
  5. Kris Bryant, designated hitter, Chicago Cubs
  6. Mookie Betts, right field, Boston Red Sox
  7. Buster Posey, catcher, San Francisco Giants
  8. Corey Seager, shortstop, Los Angeles Dodgers
  9. Brian Dozier, second base, Minnesota Twins

Bench

Jonathan Lucroy, catcher, Texas Rangers

Trea Turner, second base/shortstop/center field, Washington Nationals

Lorenzo Cain, center field, Kansas City Royals

Aaron Judge, right field, New York Yankees

Starting Rotation

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox

Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians

Bullpen

Dellin Betances, New York Yankees

Wade Davis, Chicago Cubs

Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox

Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians

Additional Pitchers

Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays

Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets


Anyway, here’s the part where I actually do my job and tell you about the actual, relevant to the Cardinals VEB posts of the weekend.