The San Diego crowd did not exactly treat the representatives of the Dodgers, their National League West rivals, with kindness. Corey Seager heard fans chanting “Beat L.A.” as he rode into the park. Clayton Kershaw beamed and waved when the fans jeered him during introductions. Kenley Jansen received a similar reception.
“I really don’t care,” Jansen said. “I’m used to it.”
After throwing 30 pitches on Sunday, Jansen knew his outing would be brief. New York Mets Manager Terry Collins, the NL manager, told Jansen he would only face one or two batters. Jansen fanned Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters on three pitches.
“There was no better place to be today,” Jansen said. “Facing the best hitters in the game, just going out there and competing, that felt awesome.”
Seager received a tougher assignment. His lone at-bat occurred against New York Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, who may be the toughest relief pitcher in baseball. Betances struck out Seager, who also made an error in the field, with a 100-mph fastball.
“It’s always hard facing a guy for the first time,” Seager said. “Especially in an All-Star game.”
Trout can’t extend All-Star MVP streak
Mike Trout of the Angels was unable to complete the three-peat as All-Star game MVP, but he did smack a single in his first at-bat. He went one for three, which left his batting average across five Midsummer Classics at .462. He did not express disappointment about ceding the MVP spotlight to Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer.
“I mean, I have two,” Trout said. “I just went out there and played. I can’t put pressure on myself. I didn’t even really think about it during the game.”
Teheran wouldn’t mind Dodger blue
The All-Star game offered a gallery of talent the Dodgers could attempt to acquire before the Aug. 1 trade deadline. One of those players is Atlanta starter Julio Teheran, a 25-year-old right-hander who has a 3-8 record despite a 2.96 earned-run average.
Because of Teheran’s age, talent and reasonable contract, the cost to acquire him would be steep. But Teheran has heard plenty of rumors surrounding him in recent weeks.
“If it’s the Dodgers, that’s a great team that has the possibility of playing in the postseason,” Teheran said on Monday, a day before turning in a scoreless inning against the American League. “That’s the goal of every player, to be in the postseason. If I get traded there, I will do whatever I can to get them to the postseason.”