Philadelphia Phillies Send Three Players to 2012 All-Star Game
Even though the team has vastly underachieved this season, the Philadelphia Phillies will be sending three players to the All-Star Game: Carlos Ruiz, Cole Hamels, and Jonathan Papelbon.
Ruiz has been having the best season of any Phillie and arguably of any catcher in the game, as he is hitting a league-best .358 and he has already established a career-best of 11 home runs. Ruiz is reaching base at a ridiculous pace, with a .423 on-base percentage and his power gives him a .585 slugging percentage and 1.008 OPS and 170 adjusted OPS.
Ruiz leads the league with 12 hit by pitches as well and he’s been such a valuable part of the Phillies offense that he has stepped into the cleanup spot with Ryan Howard and Chase Utley out. Ruiz is also fielding an impressive .995 and he’s throwing 39 percent of would-be base stealers out.
Hamels is vying for a new contract, and he’s having the year to prove it. Hamels is 10-4 already with a 3.08 ERA and he’s on pace to shatter his single-season high of 15 wins. Hamels has 111 strikeouts in 111 innings with a phenomenal 3.94 strikeout to walk ratio, and he’s thrown 12 quality starts out of 16 outings on the mound.
Papelbon has been a terrific closer, converting 18 of 19 saves. He has a 3.03 ERA, which is higher than one might expect, but his ERA in save situations is 1.40, and he has a 6.67 strikeout to walk ratio and 0.776 WHIP in those situations.
Hamels will be making his third All-Star team, Papelbon his fifth, and Ruiz his first.