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So as we head into the halfway point of the season, it's clear that it's not going to be a year with a McGwire/Canseco/Vida Blue/Eck/Rickey heading to the All-Star game in Anaheim. It's going to be a year when we only get a representative because we have to have one.
I think it's safe to say there will only be one. But who will it be?
I have narrowed the field to five candidates:
Even though I picked Gonzalez over Cahill to start the season, there is no doubt that Cahill has been the best starter on the team (and it's not because he's one of the only pitchers still standing). He's been genuinely fantastic. Gonzalez's numbers aren't bad, but if a starting pitcher is going, it should be Cahill with his 7-2, 2.88 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 24/52 BB/K ratio.
He's only recorded 15 saves (in only 18 chances), but his ERA is 1.69 and his WHIP is 0.97. Numbers don't come much lower than those.
He's missed some time, but has still managed to hit 10 homeruns and collect 25 RBI, while batting .267 and slugging .451. It's not great, but it might be better than the rest of the pack, and he certainly has the edge going in as a catcher.
The dark horse choice for the A's would be the newcomer Kouz, who is quietly batting .280 with 8 HR and 39 RBI. His power numbers are lower than Suzuki's and his OPS is much lower than Barton's, so it is unlikely that he would beat out the others, but I gave him a nod.
Batting .280 with 20 doubles and 30 RBI, and sporting an OPS of .795, Barton should be a serious contender for the lone A's All-Star spot. Despite the maddening sacrifice bunts, Barton has quietly put together a solid season for himself.
So...who goes? (And I recognize that the choice may come down to what position the AL needs to fill.)
What are your thoughts on the All Star game? Is anyone attending in person? Do you think there should be at least one rep from each team? Do you think there should be a limit on how many players from one team can go? How do you feel about the game?
Athletics lead the series 1-0
WP: Vin Mazzaro (3 - 2)
SV: Andrew Bailey
LP: Brian Matusz (2 - 9)
|4 - 2 win|
|Thu 07/01||4:05 PM PDT|