By Joe Sparacio

With the All-Star Game in the rearview mirror, we shouldn't overlook the guys around the league who are actually playing like superstars, without the hype. Let's play the stats comp game, with some anonymous players up against the bigger name guys.

Player A: ?

.988 OPS

17 HR, 48 RBIs, 62 runs, 10 steals

Player B: Jose Altuve

.968 OPS

13 HR, 50 RBIs, 62 runs, 18 steals

Player A is Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians. Ramirez was selected to his first All-Star team this season, so hopefully he'll start getting more and more love. He's on pace for a 30-homer, 20-steal season with nearly 100 RBIs and 120 runs scored. Also, Ramirez trails only Aaron Judge, Joey Votto, Harper, Altuve and Carlos Correa in wRC+, and could be one of the bigger factors in the playoff race.

Player A: ?

OPS .938

19 HR, 65 RBIs, 50 runs

Player B: Nolan Arenado

OPS .905

17 HR, 70 RBIs, 56 runs

Player A is Milwaukee third baseman Travis Shaw, who is having an extraordinary year. He has a higher OPS than his teammate Eric Thames and Giancarlo Stanton. Remember when the Red Sox traded Shaw in a package for Tyler Thornburg, a guy who hasn't pitched yet this season?

Player A: ?

OPS .922

20 HR, 67 RBIs, 54 runs

Player B: Kris Bryant

OPS .928
18 HR, 38 RBIs, 57 runs

Player A is Jake Lamb. Yes, Bryant is having a slightly worse year than last, but he is still a superstar and one of the best players in the game. This means that Lamb deserves a lot more credit for what he's doing in Arizona. The third baseman finally made the All-Star Game this season, but he probably deserved to make it last year as well, considering his strong first half and the fact that he finished the season with 29 homers and 91 RBIs. He also has a higher OPS than Arenado, Miguel Sano and Andrew McCutchen. He's tied in home runs with teammate Paul Goldschmidt -- and he's gotten better this season, learning how to hit left-handers and upping his walk rate and OBP.

Player A: ?

2.9 WAR, 3.30 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 9.74 K/9

Player B: Stephen Strasburg 

2.9 WAR, 3.43 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 10.22 K/9

Bonus Player C: Yu Darvish 

2.2 WAR 3.49 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 9.48 K/9

Player A is Jimmy Nelson, who looks like a new pitcher since the start of May. It seems like he's simply found the strike zone, as he's ahead of hitters far more this season, with a 2.86 ERA and a 10.65 K/9 over his past 13 starts. For a quick comparison, Zack Greinke has a 2.86 ERA and a 10.13 K/9 for the season. Nelson has found something with the Brewers after years of hard work, and he's a lot closer to being an ace than some people might realize.

Player A: ?

2.58 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 8.40 K/9, 59.5 GB percentage (69.2 IP)

Player B: Lance McCullers Jr.

3.05 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 10.45 K/9, 63 GB percentage (91 IP)

Bonus Player C: Marcus Stroman 

3.28 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 7.45 K/9, 60.9 GB percentage (112.1 IP)

Pitcher A is Zack Godley. That's right -- there are two Zacks on the D-backs who are anchoring the rotation, and despite pitching fewer innings, you could argue that Godley has been just as valuable as Greinke because of how little he is getting paid. The hurler is throwing his sinker often this season and, as a result, he's getting a lot of outs and a lot of swings on his curveball and pitches away in the zone. He doesn't have the strikeout numbers that McCullers has, so his ERA and WHIP will likely begin to rise soon, but he seems similar to Stroman, thanks to a high ground-ball rate and a modest swinging strike rate. Could he be key to the D-backs' playoff run? In Godley they trust.


Joe Sparacio is an associate producer for Sports on Earth. Follow him on Twitter @joetsparacio.