At this rate, it would be hard to keep Andy Pettitte out of the all-star game. He’s 9-2 with a 2.48 ERA, and he should make two more starts before the rosters are announced.
“People have been mentioning it to me my last couple of starts so you think about it,” he said. “There’s no doubt, I’d love to make it. It would be great. Hopefully I’ll keep pitching well and maybe that’ll be something I’ll have the opportunity to get in.”
Question is: Can Pettitte pitch his way into starting the game? He’s not the only guy having this kind of season. With apologies to Phil Hughes, Colby Lewis, Jeff Niemann, Ricky Romero and Jon Lester, here are five other strong candidates to start for the American League.
10-3, 2.45 ERA, 73 strikeouts
Might have been the front runner if not for a few pitchers making a significant push in the past few weeks. Including…
5-3, 2.55 ERA, 67 strikeouts
It’s hard to give the start to a guy who opened the year on the disabled list, but Lee has walked only four guys this year. Four! And he’s already tied for the league lead in complete games.
10-4, 2.47 ERA, 62 strikeouts
I know, I know. Yankees fans hate Clay Buchholz, but he’s pitched well and he’s won seven of his past eight starts.
7-3, 3.04 ERA, 107 strikeouts
The league leader in strikeouts also hasn’t walked many guys. Only 23, which is fewer than any of the Yankees starters.
6-4, 2.98, 93 strikeouts
Check it out, Liriano is good again. He’s allowed only two home runs all year.
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