Phillies have three All-Stars; Charlie's picks under scrutiny

Ryan Howard, left, Chase Utley and Roy Halladay were named to the NL All-Star team. (Staff Photos)

PITTSBURGH -- Roy Halladay, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are All-Stars for the Phillies. But much of the early talk following the announcement of the teams is centering around Charlie Manuel, who made 10 selections.

Utley, on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his right thumb, will not play in the game. Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips was named to the team replacing Utley. For the record, in the players' vote, Atlanta second baseman Martin Prado had significantly more votes than Utley.

Howard was one of Manuel's picks. Presumably, Manuel chose his own guy, Howard, over the Reds' Joey Votto, who leads the National League with a .988 OPS. We were not allowed to speak to Manuel before the game regarding his picks.

For Halladay, it is his seventh All-Star selection. He was second in the player vote behind only Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez.

Manuel, managing the NL team for the second straight year, had 10 picks. They were: RHP Chris Carpenter (STL), RHP Yovani Gallardo (MIL), RHP Tim Hudson (ATL), RHP Evan Meek (PIT), LHP Arthur Rhodes (CIN), 1B Ryan Howard (PHI), INF Omar Infante (ATL), INF Brandon Phillips (CIN), OF Michael Bourn (HOU), OF Chris Young (ARI).

The pick that is causing the most consternation (and rightfully so) is Infante. Infante, who doesn't even have enough plate appearances to qualify for statistical leaders, would have the 66th best OPS (.721) in the NL if he did. For comparison, Raul Ibanez has a .712 OPS.

Infante, of course, has very good numbers against the Phillies in 2010. In seven games, he is hitting .353 with an .812 OPS.

San Diego's Mat Latos and the Mets' Mike Pelfrey are nother notable omissions.

Five former Phillies made the All-Star rosters: Rhodes, Bourn, Rolen, Marlon Byrd (CHC) and Cliff Lee (SEA).