CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

 

The Royals have been the story of 2015 All-Star voting; they might have as many representatives as the rest of the AL Central combined. A look at who might be picked:

Indians: Second baseman Jason Kipnis, who is third in the AL with a .342 average, has said he believes he has a “zero percent chance” of starting and he is probably right. But his amazing bounce-back season, which includes 26 doubles, makes him a lock for the team. Beyond that? Outfielder Michael Brantley has an outside shot, and Cy Young winner Corey Kluber will get strong consideration, although his 3-9 record figures to keep him at home.

Royals: No, they won’t have seven starters anymore, and if Omar Infante is somehow elected, it will be the top story/controversy heading into the game. But Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez are all deserving, to varying degrees. With so many starters, though, how many reserves can manager Ned Yost pick from his own team? Pitchers Wade Davis and Greg Holland, plus third baseman Mike Moustakas and first baseman Eric Hosmer all could be headed to Cincinnati, too.

Tigers: Miguel Cabrera’s calf injury could make left­hander David Price Detroit’s lone representative for the AL. The Tigers haven’t been a one-star team since 2008, though, so J.D. Martinez (22 homers, 55 RBI) or reigning Home Run Derby champion Yeonis Cespedes could give Price company.

White Sox: Chris Sale is not only a deserving All-Star, he is probably one of the favorites to be the starting pitcher for the AL. And if he’s not, it’s the Twins’ fault; Sale’s ERA vs. them is 6.46, and against everyone else, it’s 1.81. There are no other likely stars for Chicago, though first baseman Jose Abreu and closer David Robertson will be considered.