Cleveland (WOIO) - Six weeks away from the Midsummer Classic, so let's fire up the debate: which Indians have a shot at playing in the All-Star game?
Justin Masterson is a no-brainer. He took an 8-3 record into Yankee Stadium on Monday night, but more than, has proven to be the Tribe's long-awaited ace, tossing two complete-game shutouts this season, and giving them the reliable top-of-the-rotation guy they can finally count on.
As for position players, we'll start with Mark Reynolds. Sure, he's hitting only .250, but he's a game-changer. Most of his 13 home runs have come at crucial, and dramatic, times, and his 41 RBI's ranked 6th-best in the American League. As I write this on June 3rd, Reynolds is among the leaders in the A.L. balloting. He can't possibly beat out Miguel Cabrera, but he doesn't have to, as he's listed as a DH on the ballot. It certainly wouldn't hurt to heat up again over the next month.
Carlos Santana is also among the leaders in the fan vote, although he's playing catchup to Minnesota's Joe Mauer, who has the rep, five previous All-Star appearances under his belt, and a .335 batting average. But when it comes to the other numbers, Santana is stronger, with eight home runs and 22 RBI's, compared to Mauer's 5/18. Baltimore's Matt Wieters is also in the picture, second only to Mauer in the voting. Unless Santana has a torrid June, it'll be tough for him to make it.
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