The Astros are the best team in baseball, with one of the best bullpens in baseball which is led by the Dragon, Chris Devenski.
Chris Devenski has flat out ridiculous numbers this season. His 2.09 ERA is the best among Astros bullpen pitchers, and he carries a 12.5 K/9 innings. Devo has struck out 72 batters in 51.2 innings pitched. With all those statistics, you would think that he is an All-star, but if you believed this, you would be wrong.
The All-Star Game is meant to pit the best players from each league against each other. The best players from the first half of the season are selected and put on teams to compete for the fans.
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Devenski has been one of the best relief pitchers in baseball this season, and deserves to be recognized as such. Instead, Dellin Betances took the last pitching spot, and Betances is a solid pitcher, but his numbers this season are weak compared to Devenski’s.
Betances has a 3.29 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched with 51 strikeouts and 10 earned runs allowed. While these numbers are not bad by any means, they are small when put side by side to Chris Devenski.
The number that really irks me is the number of runs allowed.
Betances has allowed 10 Earned runs in 27.1 innings. Devo has allowed 12 Earned Runs in 51.2 innings. So in twice as many innings, Devenski has allowed 2 more runs altogether. It is clear to me who the real All-Star is.
I think most Astros fans will agree with me in saying that Devenski deserves to be an All-star. The Astros already have 5 all stars, but they really should have a few more. However, the ultimate goal is a world championship, and if the team can bring that to Houston, it wont matter who was and was not an all star.
***Statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference***