5 Colorado Rockies Who Deserve to Play in the 2013 MLB All-Star Game
Who should represent the Rockies?
The 2013 MLB All-Star game is less than a month away, and the familiar debate of who deserves a spot and who does not is getting going once again.
The Colorado Rockies have some players who are deserving of a spot on the National League All-Star squad. While many are quick to write off big offensive numbers by the Rockies as a product of the high altitude, that would be a mistake this year. Some of the best players in the game are in purple and black.
This slideshow takes a look at five Rockies who deserve consideration for the All-Star team. While only the last name on the list has a chance at starting in the game, I believe that the last three names will all make the team. At the very least, all five of these guys deserve some consideration.
#5: Jhoulys Chacin
This name may be a bit of a surprise, given that Chacin's numbers are not exactly overwhelming.
A record of 6-3 is good, not great, and his 3.92 ERA is not very impressive. But Chacin has a FIP of 3.08, which indicates that he's been unlucky so far this season. Chacin has been extremely good at keeping the ball in the park; his HR/FB ratio is just 2.5%, the best of any pitcher in baseball.
Home runs tend to fluctuate with pitchers, and it's highly unlikely that Chacin will stay at such a low percentage. But his achievements so far are worthy of recognition.
#4: Troy Tulowitzki
Tulowitzki has continued to show that he's one of the best shortstops in the game when he's on the field. His slugging percentage is a gaudy .635, tops in the National League. In addition to being one of the most dangerous hitters in the game, he is also the best defensive shortstop around.
The problem with Tulo, as it usually seems to be with him, is injury. A broken rib is most likely going to keep him out of the All-Star game despite the fact that he will almost certainly lead NL Shortstops in voting.
#3: Michael Cuddyer
Cuddyer is having a great season in his second year in Colorado.
He's batting a scorching .341, by far the best of any outfielder in the major leagues. Cuddy is also second in the majors in OBP (.394) and tied for second in SLG% (.570). He's also currently on a hitting steak of 23 games, longest in MLB this season.
Cuddyer has never finished a season with a batting average over .284, but he's having a career year at 34 years old.
#2: Rex Brothers
Way back on April 6, Brothers gave up his first run of the year on two hits in a relief appearance.
Nearly three months later, Brothers still hasn't given up another run this year. His ERA looks like a misprint: 0.28
I believe that's all that really needs to be said.
#1: Carlos Gonzalez
Cargo has become one of the best all-around players in the game today.
He has 21 home runs so far this year, the most in the NL. Gonzalez is also a threat on the basepaths; his 61 runs scored leads all of MLB. He even has 13 stolen bases on the year, just for good measure.
Cargo is also one of best defensive outfielders around, with tremendous range and a rifle of a throwing arm. The fact that he isn't higher in the voting shows that Gonzalez is one of the more underrated talents in the game today.