The Tampa Bay Rays have been one of the best teams in the American League all season. Yet the Rays have as many all-stars as one of the worst teams in the league, the Kansas City Royals.
To Quote Nikita Kucherov, “Are you Kidding Me?”
How MLB determines who deserves All-Star status after the starters are announced is anyone’s guess.
Catcher Mike Zunino will represent the Rays along with infielder Joey Wendle in the All-Star game on Tuesday in Denver.
These are two Rays that absolutely deserve All-Star honors.
Zunino is second on the Rays with 19 home runs and continues to be one of the best defensive catchers in the game.
Joey Wendle has been consistent all season long, both with the glove and the bat. Wendle is hitting .275 with seven homers and has driven in 33 runs.
But there are a couple of pitchers that should have made the All-Star game that didn’t.
Glasnow was the Rays best starting pitcher up until his UCL injury last month. Glasnow was among the league leaders in strikeouts with 127 and had a 5-2 record with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts.
Now I understand that Glasnow is injured and on the DL. If your criteria is that if you are on the DL and can’t pitch in the All-Star game, then you don’t get a spot on the team, why is Justin Bieber of Cleveland on the team?
Bieber is on the ten-day DL and will not pitch in the All-Star game, yet he is on the All-Star team.
Both Bieber and Glasnow have similar numbers in their 14 starts, with Bieber notching 130 strikeouts with a 7-4 record. Bieber has a 3.28 ERA.
To further showcase what a joke these All-Star teams are, how in the hell can you put Aroldis Chapman of the Yankees on the team and leave off Collin McHugh off the Rays.
Is this some kind of lifetime achievement award for Chapman?
Remember, the All-Star team is to be those players who have had the best season to date. It is not and should not be based on what you have done in the past.
Chapman has been a dominant reliever in the past, but this season he stinks. There is no logical argument that you can make to put Chapman on the All-Star team.
Chapman is 5-3 with a 4.55 ERA with 16 saves. Those are not great numbers. Those are what I would call average or below-average numbers.
Consider Colin McHugh of the Rays. McHugh is 2-1 with a 1.77 ERA. He has pitched in 21 games with seven walks and 54 strikeouts.
McHugh has without a doubt been the Ray’s best relief pitcher in the first half of the season, and for MLB to put Chapman on the team over McHugh shows that they have no idea what the hell they are doing when it comes to putting these teams together.
Mike Zunino and Joey Wendle making the All-Star team are both well-deserved honors. McHugh not making the team is a travesty. Hopefully, Kevin Cash, the AL Manager, can right that wrong if given the opportunity.