My Final 2010 AL All-Stars

Hello fans.  As promised, I am revealing my votes for this year’s All-Star Game.  I select a starting lineup, a DH and a starting pitcher for both leagues.  The difficult part of voting for the All-Star Game is knowing that one or two players who are deserving are left out in the cold.  Such players in the case of my selections include David Price and Justin Morneau.

As I present my lineup, keep in mind that statistics are accurate as of June 23, 2010.

My 2010 AL ALL-STAR LINEUP

C:  Joe Mauer (Minnesota Twins)

  • .303 AVG
  • .333 AVG with RISP
  • .380 OBP
  • 39 runs (1st among AL catchers)

1B:  Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers)

  • .327 AVG
  • .353 AVG with RISP
  • .409 OBP
  • 60 RBI (1st among AL 1B)

2B:  Robinson Cano (New York Yankees)

  • .363 AVG (1st in AL)
  • .378 AVG with RISP
  • .412 OBP
  • 53 runs (1st among AL 2B)
  • 14 HR (1st among AL 2B)
  • 50 RBI (1st among AL 2B)

3B:  Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay Rays)

  • .303 AVG
  • .380 OBP
  • .916 OPS
  • 45 runs (2nd among AL 3B)
  • 52 RBI (1st among AL 3B)

SS:  Elvis Andrus (Texas Rangers)

  • .276 AVG
  • .361 OBP
  • 46 runs (1st among AL SS)
  • 19 SB (1st among AL SS)

OF:  Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle Mariners)

  • .336 AVG
  • .389 OBP
  • 96 hits (1st among AL OF)
  • 20 SB

OF:  Josh Hamilton (Texas Rangers)

  • .339 AVG
  • .383 OBP
  • 17 HR (2nd among AL OF)
  • 53 RBI (1st among AL OF)
  • .996 OPS
  • 93 hits (2nd among AL OF)

OF:  Carl Crawford (Tampa Bay Rays)

  • .310 AVG
  • .369 OBP
  • 56 runs (1st among AL OF)
  • 25 SB (3rd among AL OF)
  • 6 triples (1st among AL OF)

DH:  Vladimir Guerrero (Texas Rangers)

  • .323 AVG
  • .365 OBP
  • 15 HR
  • 57 RBI (2nd among AL hitters)

SP:  Cliff Lee (Seattle Mariners)

  • (5-3, 2.55 ERA)
  • 0.90 WHIP
  • 7.76 K/9
  • 8 quality starts
  • 67 K
  • 4 BB

Lee missed time as he started the season on the DL. While David Price (Tampa Bay Rays) is having a fantastic season, Lee’s numbers match up very well. Despite missing time this season, Lee already has three complete games and one shutout, as opposed to Price’s one complete game and one shutout. Lee also averages more strikeouts per nine innings (7.76 against Price’s 7.17). Lee’s incredible K/BB ratio seals the deal and gives him the nod over Price.

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