During last night’s O’s-Cubs game, MASN put up a graphic asking fans to support three players in particular for All-Star selection: Brian Roberts, Nick Markakis and … wait for it … Melvin Mora. Yes, the same guy whose OBP is under .300 and who hasn’t been any damn good since ’05. Then play-by-play man Jim Hunter added that “you can vote up to 20 times per day” and that “fans of all the other teams are doing it.”
I’m here to kindly ask you to not do that. No one wants to see Melvin Mora in the All-Star Game, except for maybe Melvin’s quintuplets. Thankfully, we don’t need to worry about that. In fact, we’re not in danger of seeing any Oriole voted in, and we’re almost certain to see just one token player selected for the roster, Dmitri Young-style. The good thing is that the O’s are decent enough this year, and have decent enough individual performers, to not send a total eyesore to the Bronx.
Here are the top candidates for Baltimore’s All-Star spot, along with my pick and a poll at the bottom so we can reach some kind of consensus:
Jeremy Guthrie — key stats: 3.64 ERA, 1.21 WHIP — The ace has the 12th-best ERA in the AL, and just 4 wins to show for it. And that’s one year after recording 7 wins with the 13th-best ERA in the AL. Over two seasons, he has posted a 3.68 ERA in 49 starts with only 11 wins. That’s criminal.