There is a lot of talk about snubs from the All-Star game. Many mention C.C Sabathia as a pitcher who was snubbed. Don't get me wrong, I think CC is a good pitcher, but don't tell me the fans only pick players based on popularity. So do the managers.
Micheal Pineda has better stats, not necessary win/loss, than 3 member of the pitching staff of the AL next Tuesday. That would also include his teammate Felix Hernandez. In fact, Felix is statistically the fourth best stater on the Mariners, but that is a topic for another day.
Here are Michael's stats. He is 8-5 with an 2.58 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and a .193 AVG.
Three players in the all star game: C.J. Wilson, Felix Hernandez and David Price. C.J. Wilson stats are as follows: 8-3 with an 3.02 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and a .243 AVG. Felix stats are as follows: 8-7 with an 3.47 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and a .252 AVG. David Price stats: 8-7 with a 3.56 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and a .229 AVG. Throwing in CC, since being a Yankee apparently gives the fans a right to gripe. 12-4 with a 2.90 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and a .248 Avg. Wilson is in because his manager is the AL manager, Felix is in because of his name and so is Price.
Pineda, outside of CC's record. blows away 3 plays in the game and 1 player who is getting a lot of "snub" attention. If we sort by stats, Pineda is the 6th best pitching in the AL with regards to ERA. He is the third best pitcher with AVG, eight in WHIP, and tenth in K's. I know a lot of fans see this game as worthless, but watching a rookie phnom could help make this game interesting.
Felix and CC both pitch on Sunday which makes them ineligible for the active roster for the all-star game. I don't necessary want Pineda to pitch, but I do want to see him to be recognized during the team announcements.