Andrew McCutchen, Jason Grilli, Pedro Alvarez, and Jeff Locke were all named to the NL All-Star team for the game on Tuesday, July 16th at 8pm on FOX from Citi Field in New York.
It's the first time since 1981 that the Pirates will send 4 players to the All-Star game.
It will be the first All-Star Game for Alvarez, Grilli and Locke and the third straight AS game for McCutchen. Cutch is the first Pirates player to make 3 straight since Bobby Bonilla (1988-1991). (MLB.com)
Another late addition to the NL All-Star team MIGHT be Pirates catcher Russell Martin who COULD possibly replace Cardinals catcher, Yadier Molina, who was voted as the starting catcher. Molina didn't play in the Cards game on Saturday (CBS Sports) and underwent an MRI on his knee. It's not uncommon for players to miss the All-Star game and be replaced by other players even if they just have small, nagging injuries. Don't be surprised.
Pirates pitchers Mark Melancon and Francisco Liriano are also having All-Star caliber seasons and could also be options as late additions should any NL pitchers drop out due to injury or pitching the game before the All-Star Game.
Also, you HAVE to check out this first half highlight video from @_DrewBrown on Twitter
The Pirates are chasing team history with the final few games before the All-Star break...
Pirates have 52 wins before the All-Star break, their most since 1975 when they had 55.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 4, 2013
Pirates have 52 wins and could get to as many as 62 before the All-Star break. The franchise mark for wins before the break is 57.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 4, 2013