“I should be an All-Star. I’d imagine I will be and if I’m not, they didn’t get it right, whoever they is.
That is what Trevor Bauer told reporters Wednesday night following the Indians 3-2 victory and series sweep over the Kansas City Royals.
You know what? He’s right.
The 27-year-old right hander has been great through the first half of this season and has earned the opportunity to represent the Cleveland Indians in the 2018 edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
Fans don’t get the opportunity to vote pitchers into the game, they’re selected by the managers of the American and National League teams. For this year’s game, the manager of the American League is Astros manager A.J. Hinch.
Hinch may have some feelings towards Bauer after comments were made by Bauer about the Astros “doctoring baseballs” to help their pitchers
However, there’s no denying that Bauer has been one of the top pitchers in the American League despite an 8-6 record.
- 3.6 WAR (Wins Above Replacement): 5th in AL
- 2.45 ERA: 5th in AL
- 1.088 WHIP (Walks & Hits per innings pitched): 10th in AL
- 156 strikeouts: 3rd in AL
- 11.57 strikeouts per 9 innings: 5th in AL
- 0.396 Home runs allowed per 9 innings: 1st in AL
There’s also a great debate about what American League starting pitchers should be selected into the game. Bauer’s teammate Corey Kluber is definitely a lock along with New York’s Luis Servino, Boston’s Chris Sale and Houston’s Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton.
Bauer will be in a bunch with Seattle’s James Paxton, Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell, New York’s C.C. Sabathia and even another Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger that could join the six pitchers I mentioned above that are locks to make the All-Star team.
The rosters will be unveiled on Sunday and it should be interesting to see who Hinch will select to be the eight starting pitchers to represent the American League.