The Major League Baseball All-Star break is around the corner already and it’s time to consider who is worthy enough to be selected to the All-Star teams. American League manager Joe Maddon is going to have some tough picks to make for his pitching staff this year because the American League has some really good pitchers who have come out of nowhere to post some good stats for some really crappy teams while other pitchers have traditionally done well for some really good teams, too. Let’s see if we can help him out a bit by picking three pitchers who should really be on the American League pitching staff. (All stats are by courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams)
Roy Halladay (Blue Jays) starting RHP (10-1, 2.53 ERA, 88 K, 12 W, 1.04 WHIP). How could you not put Roy Halladay on the AL All-Star staff! According to http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/stats/, All Roy’s doing is leading the majors (not the AL, mind you!) in wins (10) and is tied for second in the American League in complete games (3) while also leading the AL (at this writing) in innings pitched (103.0). Oh yeah! He’s been the ace of a very erratic Blue Jay’s rotation that has still been able to compete in the tough American League east, too. Let’s hope that his groin injury won’t put him on the DL for very long because he sure does deserve a spot on the AL All-Star staff with stats like these!
Zack Greinke (Royals) starting RHP (8-2, 1.72 ERA, 97 K, 16 W, 0.99 WHIP). As of this writing, Greinke leads the majors with his stingy 1.72 ERA and is 6th in the American League in Innings Pitched (94.1) and is as of this writing 2nd in the AL in strikeouts with 97. He is also emerging as a true ace on a very young Royals pitching staff that has shown flashes of brilliance throughout the year. If anything, Joe Maddon should put Greinke on his All-Star staff to show baseball fans outside of the Midwest just how good this little-known pitcher really is!
Tim Wakefield (Red Sox) Starting RHP (9-3, 4.39 ERA, 47 K, 35 W, 1.41 WHIP). He’s 2nd in the Majors as of this writing with 9 wins as of this writing and his fluttering knuckleball has made many batters look stupid. If you look more closely his other stats (like his ERA and WHIP) have demonstrated that he’s won his games with a lot of grit and determination. For this reason, I hope Joe Maddon will put him on his All-Star staff so we can all see that dancing knuckleball.
There you have it! Three pitchers who deserve a slot on the American League All-Star staff. Will Joe Maddon pick these pitchers? Let’s find out!