Which Tigers should have made 2014 All-Star roster?
Updated On: Jul 13 2014 10:43:01 AM EDT
The 2014 All-Stars were announced on Sunday night, but a few deserving Tigers were left off the roster. Here are some players that can make a real case that they should be making the trip to Minneapolis on Tuesday.
Kinsler was recently named to the All-Star team in order to replace an injured Victor Martinez. But before that move, the fact that Kinsler wasn't put on the roster is truly surprising.
The Tigers' second baseman ranks as the fourth most valuable offensive player in the entire American League. In his first season in Detroit, Kinsler is one of three second basemen hitting over .300, and ranks second among second basemen in home runs, RBI and runs.
With a 3.7 WAR, Kinsler is by far the most valuable second baseman in the MLB and also leads in doubles and slugging percentage.
For an explanation of why Kinsler was left off the roster, look no farther than the starting infield for the AL, which features 40-year-old Derek Jeter. Jeter provides a perfect example that the top players at each position do not necessarily make the team. He will start at shortstop despite hitting a mediocre .273 with two home runs and 23 RBI.
Porcello was primed for his first All-Star appearance in 2014, but the 25-year-old will have to win the final vote to make the trip. But Porcello pitched well enough to make the team without this final step, as he ranks second in the AL in wins, and top 10 in WAR and WHIP.
The young righty has thrown two complete-game shutouts in his last three starts, and induced 182 ground balls in 17 starts. If he keeps up his pace in the second half he'll finish with 20 games, good enough to put him in Cy Young contention.
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A stint on the disabled list made Sanchez a long shot to earn his first All-Star appearance, but the electric right-hander ranks among the best pitchers in baseball in WAR, ERA and WHIP.
While the Tigers struggled through a month-long 10-20 slump in the middle of the first half, Sanchez posted six straight quality starts and game the team a chance to stop the bleeding.
Sanchez didn't help his case in his final start before the selection show, surrendering seven earned runs to the Rays and watching his ERA increase from 2.63 to 3.18. It was the first start this season that he allowed more than four runs.