Nick Cafardo: Xander Bogaerts, Clay Buchholz Deserve All-Star Nods (Video)

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The Boston Red Sox have suffered through a lackluster 2015, but that doesn’t mean every player on the team has.

The fans have (mostly) spoken, and it looks as though there won’t be any Red Sox in the All-Star Game’s starting lineup. But American League manager Ned Yost gets to make his own picks Monday, and The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo said ahead of Sunday’s game against the Houston Astros that Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts and pitcher Clay Buchholz should be on Yost’s radar.

Bogaerts owns a .302 batting average overall this season — good for second in the American League among shortstops — and is hitting an incredible .385 with runners in scoring position. Not to mention, he has the best WAR (wins above replacement) for AL shortstops.

As for Buchholz, Cafardo points out that it’d be hard to find a pitcher better than the right-hander over his last 10 starts. Buchholz is sporting a 1.99 ERA in that span, and he’s also allowed just three runs in his last 31 innings.

Hear more about Boston’s potential All-Stars in the video above.

Thumbnail photo via Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports Images

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