Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Kevin's Top All-Star Snubs

The Major League All-Star rosters are almost set(last man votes pending) and each team will be stacked with 35 players. I do not feel that people can complain too much about snubs, as 70 players will participate; however there are always a handful of decisions that make me scratch my head. Here are a few of the players that deserve roster spots, and the players they should replace.

C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees:  Whenever I think about true #1 starters, Sabathia is one of the first names that pops into my mind. He is tied for the league-lead in wins with 11, and is third in innings. His ERA and WHIP aren't as tidy as some of the other options, but I find it hard to believe that 14 pitchers in the AL are better this season. I would take him over Seattle's Brandon League, who nearly lost his closer job in May.

Mark Texiera, New York Yankees:  Yes, another Yankee, but his numbers are too good to ignore. Sure, his .244 average sucks, but he is paid to hit homers and drive in runs. He is 2nd in the AL in both homers and RBI's, and has a great reputation as a fielder. The AL only has two 1st baseman, and 3 catchers. I take him over Yankees C Russell Martin, who is hitting .219 for the season.

Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals:  I figured Gordon was a shoe-in since every team has to have a representative, but Ron Washington took reliever Aaron Crow. Well, Gordon should be there anyway.  He is hitting nearly .300, and slugging nearly .500. He has 24 doubles, which is tied for 3rd in the AL, and is on pace to drive in 90 runs. He has also hit 3rd, 4th, and has even led off for a stretch. I'll take Gordon over Michael Young of the Rangers.

Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates:  I figured Andrew was a lock for the NL squad as well. The Pirates have played well, and he is one of the best centerfielders in the game today.  Has a line of .294/.392/.498, and has 15 steals. He also plays above-average defense, and the NL team is loaded with corner outfielders. I'll take McCutchen over the Reds' Jay Bruce.

Tommy Hanson, Atlanta Braves:  One of the biggest headscratchers of them all, I bet he makes the team before the first pitch is thrown.  Hanson has an impressive 10-4 record, has a high strikeout rate, and has only allowed 6.2 hits per 9 innings. He is one of the best young pitchers in the game today.  I'll take him over Tim Linecum, who has a losing record, and an ERA over 4 in his last ten starts.

Chase Headley, San Diego Padres:  No, this is not a homer pick. With David Wright and Ryan Zimmerman missing considerable time this year, there is no clear-cut choice to back up starter Placido Polanco. He is 7th in the NL with a .395 on-base percentage, and he is tied for 6th in doubles. His home run and RBI totals are low, but he has hit .304 with runners in scoring position. A much better choice than Chipper Jones of the Braves.

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