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.
Johan's win total only hurts him in Cy Young voting. Nathan's save total wouldn't be too bad if BJ Ryan and Jon Paplebon weren't having retarded seasons. Nathan's only having an awesome season.
Will Lirano face the Sox before selections are done? That might hold sway.
The only thing slow about Morneau's start was his avg. He still hit homeruns and drove runs in. He was pacing for a 40/120 season all through April and May, despite batting 7th behind White and Hunter. (I'd have to say batting behind Hunter is the worst place to bat in the majors for RBI chances. The bases are gonna be empty every time, either because of an inning ending K, an inning-ending GIDP, or a bases-clearing homerun.)
hey, aren't allstar rosters like 30 or 35 players this year? maybe we can get rincon and morneau in there after all