Posted at 8:35 AM on June 21, 2006
by David Zingler
Joe Mauer, C: 378/.446/.524
The case for: Mauer is a virtual lock to make the team, although not as a starter - you have to play in New York or Boston to receive that honor.
The case against: There's not much of one, but his power numbers could be better.
Justin Morneau, 1B: .270/.326/.536, 17 HR, 57 RBI
The case for: A recent hot streak has catapulted Morneau into the league leaders in homers and RBI.
The case against: The slow start and lack of reputation will likely cost him, although an injury or two could open the door.
Luis Castillo, 2B: .285/.350/.360, 25 RBI, 6 SB
The case for: This is a weak position and Castillo has been an All Star before.
The case against: Nothing really jumps out about his numbers.
Johan Santana, SP: 7-4, 2.87 ERA, 109 SO/ 16 BB, 1.00 WHIP
The case for: He’s the best there is.
The case against: Low win total could unfairly hurt, but I doubt it.
Francisco Liriano, SP: 6-1, 2.16 ERA, 67 SO/ 17 BB, 1.10 WHIP
The case for: Look at his numbers – he’s dominant.
The case against: He’s new to the scene and Santana’s selection could shy Ozzie Guillen away.
Juan Rincon, RP: 2-0, 1.47 ERA, 10 holds, 1 Save, 1.17 WHIP
The case for: He’s among the best set-up men in the game.
The case against: Set-up men rarely make the All Star team.
Joe Nathan, RP: 5-0, 2.10 ERA, 10 Saves, .77 WHIP
The case for: He’s been dominant when given chances and is a two time All Star.
The case against: Although unfair, his low save total will cost him.