Top 5 AL All Star Snubs
Heading into the final week of All-Star voting, very few could guess what the teams were going to look like. After the rosters were released Sunday, we now see what is in store for us on July 15th. Every year, there are players who shouldn’t be in the game, but are. The same can be said about players who are wrongly omitted. 2014 proves that we are human and we sometimes make mistakes. The following is a list of 5 American League players who should, but weren’t, invited to Minneapolis. Feel free to leave your comments in the box below about you’re AL All-Star snubs
Alcides Escobar– After weeks of debate, Derek Jeter did get voted in as the AL starter at shortstop. As a Yankee fan, I’m okay with this, but adding one other SS to the rosters seems a bit risky. No one knows how long Jeter will actually play, so there is a chance Alexei Ramirez gets six or seven innings of playing time. There isn’t an abundance of quality SS in the American League, but Alcides definitely deserves a reserve spot. Among AL shortstops, he ranks first in doubles (24), stolen bases (21), and batting average (.291) . Escobar’s lack of power may have played a role in his exclusion, but SS isn’t a position of power.
Ian Kinsler– When Kinsler got traded to Detroit, people thought he was on the back-end of his career. However, Kinsler has changed some minds with his production so far this season. Very few thought Ian would hit .306 and rank second among 2B in HR (11). In a different year, he may have been the starter in the game, but it doesn’t help that Jose Altuve and Robinson Cano are also having fantastic seasons as well.
Melky Cabrera– This season, outfielders have thrived in the AL, so there was bound to be at least one player left off the roster. Strangely, it was Melky. Why is this strange? Alex Gordon was added as a reserve to the roster, yet only ranks 10th or better in one major category (RBI) and even then he is exactly 10th. Melky ranks in the top ten in 5 major categories (R, H, HR, RBI, AVG.). Alex Gordon is certainly a solid outfielder, but not better than Melky Cabrera, at least this season.
Chris Sale– This pick may be premature as Sale is up for the final vote into the All-Star game, but with the numbers he is putting up this year, Chris should have been a sure bet for Minneapolis. Yes, Sale spent about a month on the DL with a strained flexor muscle, but if you look past his innings pitched, you will see some crazy stats. In 13 starts, Sale has put up a 2.16 ERA with 96 strikeouts. That averages to 7.4 K’s per start, which is a higher total than two other All-Stars (Scott Kazmir and Mark Buehrle). His ERA also ranks second among starters with at least 10 starts. Every pitcher named to the ASG deserves the invite, so maybe it is time for a roster expansion.
Garrett Richards– Here is another pitcher worthy of a trip to Minnesota. Richards has been somewhat inconsistent this season, but his first half totals don’t show this. Though Richards doesn’t strike out as many per game as Sale, his 119 Ks are nothing to scoff at. Also, he maintains a 2.71 ERA, which puts him in 6th place among qualified AL starters. Opponents are hitting .196 against Garret, which is the lowest avg. against total in the AL. Once again, unless more players are able to compete at the ASG, great players will be left off these rosters.
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