Who’s your A’s All-Star?
Your obvious A’s All-Star candidates are Kurt Suzuki and Andrew Bailey. Quickly making his way into that mix is Trevor Cahill, who has been downright nasty in his past couple of starts, particularly his last two, which has resulted in a 2-0 record and 1.31 ERA. Add in the 21/4 strikeout-to-walk ratio through those 20 2/3 innings of work, and the tale gets even better. He lost two of his first four starts but has since won his last seven decisions. Cahill’s final two tests will come against a pair of power-loaded teams: first, the Yankees, against whom the 22-year-old has yet to face in his career; then come the Angels, whom Cahill has fared well against in five starts (2-1, 2.56 ERA). So, assuming he continues his hot streak against said teams, he should — in my opinion — be invited to the All-Star Game. The thing is, though, as we already know, he won’t be allowed on the active roster since he’s slated to pitch Sunday. And if you’re a team like the A’s who are likely to boast just one representative, don’t you want that representative to actually step onto the field at some point? So, my other vote, who happened to rightfully be noted by Geren today, is Craig Breslow. When those outside of the A’s community think of potential Oakland All-Star relievers, Bailey immediately comes to mind. And yes, Bailey is again having another good year (his 1.64 ERA is seventh lowest among AL relievers), but there are many who would send Breslow in a heart beat. As Geren said today, “If we need to win a game, I always put him in.” His opponents are batting .156 against him, which happens to rank fourth lowest among AL relievers. And the amount of work he’s been given (39 games, second in AL) speaks for itself. He’d automatically give the AL a dependable lefty in the ‘pen, as he’s done for the A’s pretty much all season.
Bottom line: Cahill, without a doubt, deserves to be an All-Star. His current 2.74 ERA ranks fourth among all AL starters and his .274 opponents BA is good for third. Breslow, also, deserves to represent the A’s. So send them both. One sits, one (hopefully) pitches. Both are honored, as they should be.
Of course, that’s not taking anything away from Bailey or Suzuki, the latter whom I’ve yet to speak of. Suzuki’s value to this team is undeniable, but I’m not so sure his current numbers (.258, 10 homers) are going to cut it in the competitive AL catchers race. Then again, Geren’s on the coaching staff, and he’s said countless times that Suzuki would be his pick, so it will be interesting to see how much pull he has in it all.
Either way, the All-Star representatives will be announced tomorrow, so make sure you keep an eye out on the A’s site for who’s headed to Anaheim in a week.
Who gets your vote? Comment, and tell me who and why.
A. Andrew Bailey
B. Craig Breslow
C. Trevor Cahill
D. Kurt Suzuki