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The Philadelphia Phillies returned from the MLB London Series with the best record in baseball. They’ll resume a normal schedule for one month before the MLB All-Star Game.

MLB All-Star Game

The midsummer classic will take place on Tuesday, July 16 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, home of the defending World Series champion Texas Rangers.

The league’s annual tradition features the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, July 15. The previous weekend also includes the MLB Futures Game and Celebrity Softball Game.

Citizens Bank Park will host the MLB All-Star Game in 2026 as part of one of the biggest summers in Philadelphia history.

The birthplace of America will also host the 2026 World Cup at Lincoln Financial Field in the midst of July 4th celebrations honoring the nation’s 250th birthday.

Phillies All-Star Candidates

The Phillies have reemerged as one of the premier MLB teams. Two straight deep playoff runs have resulted in significant exposure leaguewide, and their roster features star power up and down.

A lineup with Bryce Harper, Trea Turner, and Kyle Schwarber will earn its fair share of MLB All-Star Game representatives. A starting rotation with Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola will grab attention too.

However, younger breakout stars have additionally helped the Phillies to an excellent first half. Ranger Suarez even has a chance to start for the National League. 

Which Phillies will earn the nod?


 

  • Position Players

    MLB Averages .240 batting average , .310 on-base percentage, .388 slugging percentage

    All stats as of the beginning of play on June 14

  • Bryce Harper

    .278/.390/.529
    15 home runs, 45 RBI

    The game’s biggest superstar has transitioned to first base after playing almost his career in right field.

    He didn’t storm out of the gates offensively despite Philadelphia’s excellent start. His power numbers remained steady, however, and then the hot streak arrived.

    Harper earned the nod as the National League Player of the Month for May. He launched seven homers and drove in 24 runs in 26 games. He ranks first in the majors in OPS with runners in scoring position.

    His profile also attracts the type of attention needed to promote the MLB All-Star Game. He’s as much of a lock for an All-Star appearance as you’ll find, and he’ll most likely participate in the Home Run Derby. He won the competition in 2018.

    Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates a home run during the MLB London Series match between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets at London Stadium on June 08, 2024 in London, England.

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  • Alec Bohm

    .290/ .347/ .464
    6 HR, 51 RBI

    The development of MLB players isn’t linear. Alec Bohm survived his fair share of lumps at the beginning of his career, and he’s emerged as a key weapon in the cleanup spot for the Phillies.

    The 27-year-old has improved his versatility at the plate by adding legitimate power on his pull swing. He’s maintained the ability to hit to all fields with a smooth stroke that covers the entire plate.

    His .353 average with runners in scoring position is second on the Phillies behind only Bryce Harper. Bohm leads the team in RBI with 51.

    Although the defensive metrics don’t grade Bohm as a great third baseman, his notable improvement has granted Rob Thomson a comfort level and lineup flexibility.

    Alec Bohm of the Philadelphia Phillies

  • Pitchers

    MLB Averages
    3.91 earned run average, 1.26 walks and hits per innings pitches, 8.5 strikeouts per 9

  • Zack Wheeler

    8-3, 2.16 ERA, 0.93 WHIP (14 starts)

    Wheeler ranks seventh in the majors with a 2.16 ERA in 14 starts. His continued dominance has earned him a reputation in the top tier of MLB starting pitchers. He’s pitched at least seven innings six times in 2024, and he’s one of only 12 qualified MLB pitchers with a WHIP under 1.00 (MLB Average: 1.26). He ranks sixth in the majors with 96 strikeouts. Wheeler’s fierce competitive attitude has helped him record double-digit strikeouts in three of his starts in some of the most dominant performances of the season. The tested veteran made his only career All-Star appearance in 2021. Expect to see him make a second in Arlington. While Ranger Suarez has better numbers in the first half of 2024, Wheeler might be likelier to start because of a longer track record of MLB success.

    Zack Wheeler #45 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the top of the first inning at Citizens Bank Park on April 14, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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  • Ranger Suarez

    10-1, 1.81 ERA, 0.85 WHIP (13 starts)

    Most MLB experts wouldn’t have picked Ranger Suarez as the MLB leader in ERA and WHIP over 60 games into the season. He’s also just behind Zack Wheeler in the top tier qualified starting pitchers with the lowest opponent batting average.

    The Venezuelan lefty has emerged as one of best pitchers in the major leagues in 2024 with a cool demeanor that’s helped him become a fan favorite in Philadelphia. He even made his mark in the franchise record books with an early-season shutout streak that reached 32 innings. 

    The Phillies have ridden the best starting rotation in the league to a record-breaking start. Suarez has surprisingly outperformed Wheeler and Nola.

    He deserves to take the hill as the National League starter.

    Ranger Suárez #55 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on after pitches against the Texas Rangers at Citizens Bank Park on May 21, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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  • Aaron Nola

    8-2, 2.77 ERA, 0.97 WHIP (13 starts)

    Did you forget about the longest-tenured Phillie? Zack Wheeler and Ranger Suarez have drawn the attention. The former seventh-overall pick who used to take persistent criticism about not pitching at an ace level is somehow flying under the radar now.

    Nola has been worth every cent of the $24.5 million annual salary he commanded over the offseason. He’s posted a sub-3.00 ERA and a sub-1.00 WHIP through 13 starts. His knuckle curve has improved into an effective strikeout pitch that keeps opposing hitters off balance.

    He matched Suarez with Philadelphia’s second complete-game shutout of the season on May 14. It was his third start of the season pitching eight or more innings.

    Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during the eighth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on May 14, 2024 in New York City.

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  • Jose Alvarado

    3.41 ERA, 9.9 SO/9 (31 games)

    The Hefty Lefty suddenly took intense criticism after a bad outing in the MLB London Series. However, the majority of his outings in 2024 point to a dominant reliever more than an erratic liability.

    Alvarado has developed a power sinker throughout his tenure with the Phillies. He’s mixed it with a cutter that’s been effective deep in counts.

    Two bad outings have hurt his statistical profile, and a reliever who’s not near the top of the league in saves or ERA is ultimately a longshot to earn an All-Star bid.

    However, the Phillies will trust Jose Alvarado as their top left-handed option in high-leverage situations in a season with World Series hopes.

    José Alvarado #46 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park on June 02, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Matt Strahm

    0.67 ERA, 13.0 SO/9 (28 games)

    The Phillies locked up Matt Strahm to a two-year extension just before the 2024 season began. The 32-year-old journeyman has made Dave Dombrowski look like a genius for his foresight.

    Strahm allowed two earned runs in ⅓ of an inning on Opening Day against the Atlanta Braves. He hasn’t surrendered an earned run in any of his 27 outings since.

    Rob Thomson has utilized his veteran lefty in high-leverage spots throughout the season.

    “I trust him as much as anybody really. He’s throwing the baseball really well right now, as good as I’ve seen him to tell you the truth. He’s got a scoreless streak going… His fastball is really getting on people. His secondary pitches are good. He has no heartbeat. He really lives for those moments.” -Rob Thomson

    Strahm told Andrew Salciunas during spring training that he allowed a big hit to Carson Wentz in his last high school game when the two future professionals faced each other in North Dakota.

    Perhaps he’s trying to make it up to the city of Philadelphia.

    Matt Strahm #25 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after striking out Joey Meneses #45 of the Washington Nationals to end the the eighth inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on May 18, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Nationals 4-3 in 10 innings.

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  • Jeff Hoffman

    0.93 ERA, 11.2 SO/9 (29 games)

    The Phillies didn’t expect Jeff Hoffman to play a key bullpen role in 2023. They certainly didn’t expect him to overtake Seranthony Dominguez as the top right-hander during the postseason.

    They probably didn’t expect him to match his career-best season in 2024. He’s somehow exceeded that statistical output.

    Hoffman has developed into a power pitcher whose 6-foot-5 reach and high 90s fastball intimidates opposing hitters. He has earned his role as Thomson’s preferred righty at the back end of one of the best major league bullpens.

    While he doesn’t boast the profile of a shutdown closer, Hoffman has been as good as any MLB reliever in 2024. If he doesn’t get the nod for the NL All-Stars, it won’t be because he didn’t earn it.

    “We have a lot of talent, whether it’s the young kid Orion (Kerkering) or Alvy (Jose Alvarado), or Ser (Seranthony Dominguez) or (Gregory) Soto, we have so many guys with closing experience, so many guys with experience pitching at the back end. I think that’s going to be a really, really big strength for us not having to necessarily dictate ‘This guy is our 9th inning guy. This guy is our 8th inning guy.’ I think we have so many different weapons that we can use in those situations.” –Jeff Hoffman on 97.5 The Fanatic

    J.T. Realmuto #10 and Jeff Hoffman #23 of the Philadelphia Phillies greet after defeating the Texas Rangers at Citizens Bank Park on May 23, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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