By Tyler Ruby on June 18, 2014
The Oakland Athletics are an extremely fun team to watch. They do everything right, and all they do is win despite no superstar. A solid mix of timely hitting and outstanding pitching makes them a legitimate threat to win the entire thing this year. That being said, who are the five Athletics who deserve to represent the American League in the Midsummer Classic?
A setup pitcher isn't exactly a sexy pick to make the all-star team, but there have been few relief pitchers in the league who have been as effective as Luke Gregerson the past five years. He has 10 holds this year and holds a 1.91 ERA.
Sonny Gray is the ace of Oakland's pitching staff, and he is second on the team with seven wins this season. He also holds a 2.91 ERA. He possesses the sort of electric stuff that has the capabilities of holding up over time, and he deserves to represent the American League at the All-Star Game.
I honestly don't know how Coco Crisp continues to do it. He seems to only get better as he gets older. Crisp, who is 34 years old, leads the Athletics in batting average and on-base percentage. He also has 12 stolen bases to his credit. Crisp is tied with Josh Donaldson with a WAR of 2.5.
Brandon Moss has been one of the stabilizers to the Athletics' lineup. With Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson surrounding him, he has certainly taken advantage of his opportunity. He is tied for the lead with Donaldson with 17 homeruns, and he leads the team in RBIs with 55.
As a New York Mets fan, this one hurts a little bit. In all seriousness though, it's great to see Scott Kazmir pitching so well for Oakland. He leads the team in wins with an 8-2 record, and he also holds a 2.05 ERA with a 0.98 WHIP. It should be interesting to see if he is able to sustain this success, but he has certainly pitched well enough to make the All-Star Game, if not starting it.
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