10-2. 2.93 ERA. Looks like All Star numbers to me. Well, I guess they didn't for Charlie Manuel. Those are just two of the many impressive stats from Mike Pelfrey this season. Today the All Star rosters were announced. For me, there were two noticeable snubs. Mikey P. of course, and Joey Votto of the Reds. Coming into today Votto had a .313 AVG, .414 OBP, and .988 OPS. Oh yeah, he also has 19 home runs. Charlie's excuse for keeping those numbers off the team: he wanted to go with "his guy" so he took Ryan Howard instead.
There are plenty of worthy members of the National League roster. But, there are also plenty that clearly don't deserve to be there. I truly believe Tim Lincecum and Chris Carpenter made the team based on reputation. And the team has 2 setup-men relief pitchers this year with Evan Meek of the Pirates and Arthur Rhodes of the Reds. Oh yeah, we can't forget about the fact that Omar Infante is an All Star.
We also can't forget about one of the biggest snubs that took away most players from an entire team. The San Diego Padres have the best record in the National League thanks in large part to their pitching staff. But, if you look at the ASG roster, there are no members of the San Diego Padres pitching staff present. Of course, you can vote for Heath Bell on the Final Vote ballot, but then you'd be taking away just-as-well-deserved votes from Joey Votto, who is also on the ballot.
The roster is a mess. Other than David Wright starting at third base, and Jose Reyes making the team, I'm pretty upset.
Let's Go National League! (I guess?)