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All-Star roster fun: McCann, Melancon, Romo, Balfour, Holland, Tillman added

Jul 14, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

Brian McCann AP AP

The weekend preceding the All-Star Game festivities is always fun because the list of actual All-Stars expands by about ten players as injured players step down and would-be snubs finally get their call. Today, American League Sunday starters Bartolo Colon of the Athletics, Hisashi Iwakuma of the Mariners, and Justin Verlander of the Tigers were declared inactive for the All-Star Game. Replacing them are Athletics reliever Grant Balfour, Royals reliever Greg Holland, and Orioles starter Chris Tillman.

On the National League side of things, Braves first baseman and NL Final Vote winner Freddie Freeman, Pirates starter Jeff Locke, and Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann were declared inactive. Their replacements include Braves catcher Brian McCann, Pirates reliever Mark Melancon, and Giants reliever Sergio Romo.

NL All-Stars Adam Wainwright and Travis Wood start against each other tonight, so both will need to be replaced by manager Bruce Bochy as well.

  1. beasleyreece - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Zimmerman can’t go to the all star game. He is celebrating with his brother in Florida!

  2. paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    We are down to Chris Tillman? People bitch about the possible inclusion of Puig, but below average starters being in the game is fine?

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      I would have gone with Miguel Gonzalez over Tillman if I had to pick a Baltimore pitcher, but really looking at the numbers, Tillman isn’t too far off from Verlander to begin with. While Tillman might not be a traditional number 1 pitcher, he is hardly below average. Also, he’s 4th in the AL in wins if you care about that sort of thing. Comparing the list of players already on the roster, and those available, and I really can’t see that many players that should be taken over Tillman.

      http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/sortable.jsp#elem=%5Bobject+Object%5D&tab_level=child&click_text=Sortable+Player+pitching&game_type=%27R%27&season=2013&season_type=ANY&league_code=%27AL%27&sectionType=sp&statType=pitching&page=1&ts=1373845858031&position=%271%27&sortColumn=w&sortOrder=%27desc%27&extended=0

      • paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        You sorted by wins? Really?

        Tillman is the definition of average MLB starter.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        Sorting by wins is the default sort order for MLB.com. Complain to them, not me. So, is he average or below average? You keep changing your tune. My stance is that he is not below average. And he is having a pretty decent year so far. As I said below, there are three starting pitchers I would have taken above him. That’s not enough for me to be outraged over his inclusion.

  3. goawaydog - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    If Freeman can’t play, shouldn’t he be replaced by Puig? Was’t the final vote between those two?

  4. penale52 - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    And still no Kuroda?

  5. Kurupt - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Chris Tillman, really? Miguel Gonzalez has been the better O’s starter. Should have been Kuroda, who I can’t believe got passed over, or even John Lackey. Both have been far superior to Tillman.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      I agree with you. Just a gut feeling, but I’m guessing Tillman got the nod for being 4th in the league in wins at 11-3. Lackey is 7-6, Kuroda is 8-6, and Gonzalez is 7-3.

      I’d probably lean towards Kuroda, Lackey, Gonzalez, Tillman in that order, but really they are all close enough that it’s not worth throwing a fit over.

      • paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:17 PM

        Which would be retarded because pitcher wins is a pretty stupid stat by which to evaluate pitcher performance or ability.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:37 PM

        All I said is that’s likely what got him bumped to the top of the list. I don’t particularly care for wins myself, but a lot of people in the industry do. In fact, if you read what I actually said, I said Kuroda and Lackey deserved it over him. But they don’t have his wins record. No one said the world was fair.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        I’d probably lean towards Kuroda, Lackey, Gonzalez, Tillman in that order, but really they are all close enough that it’s not worth throwing a fit over.

        They aren’t that close though. Their stats:

        Kuroda – 19GS – 118.2 IP – 2.65 ERA (153 ERA+), 6.37 K/9, 1.82 BB/9, 0.91 HR/9, 3.62 FIP, 2.3 fWAR
        Tillman – 19GS – 111.2 IP – 3.95 ERA (107 ERA+), 7.17 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 1.61 HR/9, 4.95 FIP, 0.6 fWAR

        Tillman beats Kuroda in K/9 (and K%), and he is worse in everything else. In the job of preventing runs, he’s just above league average whereas Kuroda is leading the AL in ERA. Kuroda bats him by 7IP even though his last start was shortened by rain AND his first start he was removed due to a cracked fingernail.

        PL is right, wins are a dumb stat to measure the worth of a pitcher precisely because of this example. Kuroda has been a far better pitcher this year (3.42 Runs support per game) vs Tillman (5.37).

    • geoknows - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Actually, if you want to go find a deserving SP who has been overlooked, the other Holland (Derek) should have been selected as a replacement.

  6. 13arod - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    It just got worse

  7. bronco58lb - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    With all these additions, you would think they would fine a way to get Adrian Beltre, Josh Donaldson or Evan Longoria on the team. Just one of them, please.

  8. Joe - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    If you’re going to replace inactivated All Star starting pitchers with middle relievers, why the hell do you put nothing but middle relievers on the final ballot?

    • geoknows - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      The only middle reliever among the replacements is Melancon, and he’s been pretty darn good this year.

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