Throughout the ups and downs of the 2013 Chicago White Sox season, reliever Jesse Crain is one of the only guys who has remained consistent. Actually, the right-hander has been a whole lot better than consistent— he’s been downright nasty.
Crain was impressive once again in his 1.2 innings of work last night in the Sox’ 4-2 win over the Houston Astros. Allowing no runs on zero hits and striking out three, Crain extended his scoreless appearance streak to 27, which tied former Sox hurler J.J. Putz for the franchise record.
With a 0.57 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP and a 4.67 strikeout-to-walk ratio, it’s easy to see why Crain is beginning to be talked about as a 2013 All-Star candidate. If the 31-year-old reliever was Chicago’s closer, there would be no doubt he’d find himself at Citi Field come July 16. However, with his status as the team’s setup man and the lack of acknowledgement that sometimes comes along with that position, Crain isn’t quite the All-Star shoe-in he should be.
In my mind, when it’s all said and done, Crain will end up representing the White Sox at the 84th MLB All-Star Game this July in New York. Sox skipper Robin Ventura has been added to the AL All-Star coaching staff, and if need be, he should be able to help Crain get a spot on this year’s roster.
If selected to the AL All-Star roster in a few weeks, Crain will be making his first All-Star appearance in his 10-year career. However, if he’s able to continue to dominate opposing hitters like he is currently, Crain’s trip to the All-Star game could become an annual thing even at age 31.