The Tigers and Royals are in a tight dvisional race and will each send three players to Minnesota for the All-Star Game.
The voting process is over for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, as we know which players will be on the American League and National League squads for the game on July 15 at Target Field. As is the case just about every year, there are some players that deserved their selection, while others were left out.
So let’s take a look at the players selected from the American League Central division.
Detroit has three players in the All-Star Game, as first baseman Miguel Cabrera, designated hitter Victor Martinez and starting pitcher Max Scherzer are on the A.L. squad.
Cabrera is having another solid season and he will start at first base for the AL. He has a .312 batting average and .913 OPS in 330 at-bats with 14 home runs and 70 RBI. He has 47 extra-base hits, scored 56 runs and tallied 103 hits.
Martinez is hitting .328 with 21 home runs and 55 RBI in 302 at-bats, while having an OPS of .991. Scherzer in 126.1 innings pitched through 19 starts has a 3.35 ERA with 146 strikeouts. The reigning A.L. Cy Young winner has a WHIP of 1.17 and his SO/9 is 10.5.
Kansas City Royals
The Royals have three players that will represent them in catcher Salvador Perez, outfielder Alex Gordon and reliever Greg Holland.
Perez will be the starting catcher for the AL team. He is hitting .284 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI in 313 at-bats. He has an OPS of .763 along with 17 doubles and 37 runs scored.
Gordon is having a good season for Kansas City with a .268 batting average and .772 OPS in 325 at-bats. He has 33 extra-base hits and 44 RBI, while stealing six bases.
Holland has been one of the better closers in MLB with just one blown save in 25 chances. He has a 1.87 ERA in 35 games across 33.2 innings pitched. He has struck out 52 batters and allowed just three home runs. The WHIP for him is 1.01 and his SO/9 is 13.8.
The Indians have one player making the All-Star team, and this is outfielder Michael Brantley. Brantley is having a fantastic season with 14 home runs and 60 RBI in 335 at-bats. He has a .325 batting average along with a .911 OPS. He has scored 60 runs and only struck out 31 times.
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox have first baseman Jose Abreu and shortstop Alexei Ramirez representing them in the All-Star Game. Abreu is one of the best power hitters in the Majors with 28 home runs and 70 RBI in 306 at-bats. He has a .961 OPS with 48 extra-base hits.
Ramirez is hitting .279 in 355 at-bats with 24 extra-base hits and 41 RBI. He has swiped 14 bases, while being caught only three times.
The Twins will have two players in catcher Kurt Suzuki and reliever Glen Perkins on the AL team. Suzuki is having a breakout season by hitting .303 in 264 at-bats with 18 doubles and 34 RBI. He has a .752 OPS and is very tough to strikeout, as indicated by only striking out 24 times.
Perkins has done a good job of closing out games with 21 saves in 24 chances for Minnesota. He has a 3.13 ERA in 37 games through 37.1 innings pitched with 48 strikeouts. He has a WHIP of 1.07 and a SO/9 of 11.6.
There were some players that got snubbed and deserve to be in the All-Star Game from the AL Central division. Starting pitchers Chris Sale from the White Sox, Corey Kluber from the Indians and Rick Porcello from the Tigers come to mind right away. Both Sale and Kluber can still be named to the American League roster pending the outcome of the Final Vote.
Sale has a 2.08 ERA in 14 starts through 95 innings pitched with 102 strikeouts and just 16 walks. The southpaw is limiting left-handed batters to a .121 average in 66 at-bats.
Kluber has struck out 137 batters in 125.2 innings pitched across 19 starts. He has a 2.86 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP, including a SO/9 of 9.8.
Porcello in 17 starts has a 3.53 ERA through 112.1 innings pitched and his WHIP is 1.17. He is holding left-handed batters to a .246 average and has thrown two shutouts.