The MLB All-Star game takes place on Tuesday night in Phoenix and once again, we take a look at the ALL STAR DUDS and the ALL STAR SNUBS based on fantasy baseball statistics.
FANTASY BASEBALL ALL STAR DUDS
Aaron Crow, Relief Pitcher, Royals — Crow is having a nice rookie season with a 2-2 record , 2.13 ERA, and a 1.18 WHIP. Crow has no saves and 3 blown saves. Any fantasy baseball manager that has a set up man like Crow on its roster is probably eating some crow right now. He has relatively no fantasy baseball value. Despite a nice ERA and solid WHIP, he hasn’t pitched enough innings (42.1) to have much of an impact on your overall team stats in those categories. Now, I know, somebody needs to make it from Kansas City so why not Alex Gordon (.301/10/47/) instead?
Chipper Jones, Third Base, Braves — I agree that sometimes you select an aging player based on his career stats and for that reason, nobody is more deserving than the Braves’ Chipper Jones. He has been the Braves third baseman for so long it’s hard to remember who even played the hot corner in Atlanta prior to him. But, his stats thus far in 2011 are less than spectacular: .259/8/46/1.
Ryan Vogelsong, Starting Pitcher, Giants — Ryan Vogelsong is a classic case of home cooking. Manager Bruce Bochy picked his own starter who is having a very good year indeed at 2.17 and 1.19. But, he has only 6 wins and he didn’t play in the league from 2007 through 2010! Vogelsong will not have a strong second half. I happen to think you need to have more than 14 good starts in five years to earn a spot on the squad.
FANTASY BASEBALL ALL STAR SNUBS
Andrew McCutcheon, OF, Pirates — Of all of the pundits who critique all star selections, McCutcheon’s name has come up more than anybody else. The Pirates are the surprise of the 2011 season and have given life back to baseball in Pittsburgh. McCutcheon is a 5 tool player that the nation should see play. And, for savvy fantasy baseball owners, McCutcheon was one of the best drafts of the season at .292/13/49/15. He can do it all and he should be in Phoenix.
CC Sabathia, SP, Yankees — CC Sabathia is actually a guy who said he didn’t want to play in Phoenix, preferring instead to take a quick vacation to The Bahamas. Why not? A-Rod and Jete are not playing in the all star game either. Sabathia’s numbers are simply outstanding: 12 wins/2.90/1.20/117 K’s. He should be there.
Craig Kimbrel, RP, Braves — Craig Kimbrel leads all of MLB in saves with 27, but didn’t make the cut. Kimbrel has set a record for most saves by a rookie in the first half of the season. With 2 wins, a 2.40 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, how did Kimbrel get left off of the roster?
Mark Texeira, 1B, Yankees — There are so many good first basemen that it’s easy to see how Tex got missed. Although his average is a lowly .241, he’s hit 25 dingers with 65 RBI. That will help your fantasy baseball stats.
Ryan Howard, 1B, Phillies — Albert Pujols isn’t on the team either so it’s not such a snub that Howard is missing from a loaded first base position. The former MVP, however, has 18 homers to go with 71 RBI. The RBI total alone should be enough to put him on the team. Howard’s 71 trails only Prince Fielder at 72 and Adrian Gonzalez at 77. Not surprisingly, both are first basemen.