Someone has to be the starting pitcher for the American League All-Star team in a little over a week. That person could be any number of starting pitchers that are having great years but actually it comes down to a select few. Some people say that Mariano Rivera should start for sentimental reasons but I don’t think that will happen. Even if it were to happen they still will have the next pitcher who will be the real starter for the team. Many think that should be Detroit Tigers Max Scherzer. I think Cleveland Indians starter Justin Masterson makes a better case.
Scherzer has 12 wins to Masterson’s 10 and an ERA lower by three tenths of a run. He has a few more strikeouts and a slightly lower WHIP as well. How is it that Masterson could be behind in these stats but still deserve the starting nod over Scherzer? That is a really simple question to answer. What small amount he trails by in those categories, Masterson more than makes up for in the fact that he has three complete game shutouts to Scherzer’s zero.
The complete game shutout might be an endangered species in Major League Baseball but I think in this case it could be the tie breaker between Masterson and nearly everyone else. He has been huge for the Indians when they needed him and he has the numbers to prove it. Between Scherzer, Bartolo Colon and Masterson only one has three shutouts and it is Masterson. Completely shutting down the other team will be very important in the game side of the all-star game as well. Look close enough at these three or really anyone else. I’d bet you find yourself betting on Masterson just a hair before the others. He deserves the start.