The Dodgers may be in last place in the National League West, but when they take the field Friday night against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium, they will have three All-Stars. In addition to starting outfielder Matt Kemp and pitcher Clayton Kershaw, outfielder Andre Ethier was named to the National League All-Star team on Friday. Ethier is replacing Shane Victorino of the Phillies, who was placed on the disabled list.
Ethier is having his worst season in terms of power, but overall offensively he has managed to stay in line with his normal production, just in a different way. Ethier is hitting .313/.382/.451 this season, but with the lowered run environment that is the 2011 National League, Ethier's OPS+ is 137, a career high, after 135, 131, and 132 the last three seasons. Ethier is an All-Star for the second time, after starting in last year's midsummer classic.
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