The rosters for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game will be announced this Saturday, which gives Mike Minor one last chance to show that he deserves a spot in Wednesday night’s game two between the Atlanta Braves (49-34) and Miami Marlins (30-52).
The 25-year-old southpaw looked to position himself nicely following a win against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 9 that improved his record to 8-2 with a 2.44 ERA. He now appears less certain after going 0-1 and allowing 11 earned runs in 18 innings in his last three starts, raising his ERA to 2.98.
Locking up a spot in the All-Star Game is no easy task, and this season will prove no different. I would expect the National League to carry eight starting pitchers on the roster with Clayton Kershaw, Matt Harvey, Adam Wainwright and Jordan Zimmermann looking to be locks.
That puts Minor in the mix with pitchers like Patrick Corbin, Mike Leake, Cliff Lee, Jeff Locke, Jose Fernandez, Shelby Miller, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Jeff Samardzija for the last spots.
Of course, some starters will be ineligible to pitch in the All-Star Game due to their regularly scheduled start in the regular season, freeing up a few more selections.
While the competition is thick, the good news for Minor is that he faces the National League’s worst offense in terms of runs scored. He faced the Marlins once this season back in April, throwing 5.2 shutout innings, but he will have a tougher challenge on Wednesday as the Marlins offense has made strides — scoring more runs in June than the Braves despite playing three less games.
Still, if Minor is meant to be an All-Star, then he’ll display it with his performance. An All-Star selection is based on the performance over the course of the first half of the season, but we live in a “what have you done for me lately” society, and one lasting impression on Wednesday could get Minor the nod.