All-Star selections, minus one were announced today, and I don’t think there were any huge surprises as far as the Sox are concerned.
Chris Sale made the team, but that was a given as he leads the A.L. with a 2.27 ERA. I think Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn were also locks.
The Captain has had a great 1st half. He has tailed off of late, but he is still hitting .335, which is good for 2nd in the A.L.
Dunn is the redemption story of the year. Last year he was in sucksville.
This year he is taking revenge on any, and all pitchers. 24 home runs and 58 RBI for the Big Donkey. He is 3rd in the A.L. in home runs and 5th in RBI.
Jake Peavy is part of the final vote. His competition is Kansas City’s Jonathan Broxton, Texas’ Yu Darvish, Baltimore’s Jason Hammel, and Los Angeles’ Ernesto Frieri. My money is on Darvish. I think the entire nation of Japan will vote over 50 million times.
Peavy is deserving of a spot though. If it wasn’t for bad luck, and no support, he could easily have 10, or maybe even 11 victories. His 2.96 ERA is good enough. I think he is a great story, but a part of me is glad he isn’t going. I would rather see him get a little rest before starting the 2nd half, than pitch in the mid-season classic.
And who knows, depending on witch pitchers, pitch when, Peavy may very well make the team
The guy who has a beef is catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
A.J. trails Joe Mauer in average, but leads all other catchers in every other major offensive category, including hits, home runs and RBI. There is no reason that Matt Wieters should have been picked ahead of Pierzynski.
Life isn’t fair sometimes.