Astros All-Star Pitchers:
Justin Verlander – Bonafide Ace of this staff and having an amazing year. He has a record of 9-2, with a 2.27 ERA and 103 K’s, he’s surely one of the top considerations for starting pitcher.
Gerrit Cole – His record of 5-5 might not impress, but he does lead the league in strikeouts and has been the recipient of some bad luck, some times coming in the form of a lack of run support from this high powered offense. He should be in the mix as a reserve this season at the very least.
Ryan Pressly – Recently he ended his streak of scoreless innings, which was impressive. But he still sports an ERA under one at .062, with 32 K’s in 29+ innings. A lock-down setup man who has also notched three saves this season.
Roberto Osuna – His streak of 26 saves in a row by a Houston Astro was impressive. Soon after, he got into some tough games where he had to battle through adversity, and in my mind, still getting the job done is elite. He has 16 saves this season and a 1.98 ERA. He has struck out 28 batters in 27 innings and is among the top of the League among closers.
All-Star Honorable Mention
Will Harris – Having a great year, not sure he will get the call but he has been very reliable this season.
Wade Miley – If he notches a couple more wins before the All-Star break, he could sneak onto this squad. At one point, he had the most games with allowing three runs or less. Not even Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals could say that. He has only given up four runs once this season as well.
In this day and age, there certainly will be players who deserve to be a part of the All-Star festivities who get snubbed, and there will be those who haven’t earned a spot but will join the party based on name recognition alone.
While the All-Star ballot system isn’t the best, it’s all we have as fans. So temper your votes with a sound mind, of course, if you’re an Astros fan vote for your guys. Think about it before hitting the vote button. I remember several years ago when the Kansas City Royals had a campaign and got nearly every player on the roster or to lead the vote. Don’t be like those fans, baseball deserves our respect. The players having banner years do as well.
Vote Early, and Vote often.