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Toronto Blue Jays: 5 Players Who Should Make The 2014 AL All-Star Team

Toronto Blue Jays: 5 Players Who Should Make the 2014 All-Star Team

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The Toronto Blue Jays have seemingly come out of nowhere to take control of the AL East in 2014. While they have a talented roster, their pitching staff has outperformed this season. Nevertheless, Jays fans have longed for a playoff berth, and this could be the year they are able to compete for a World Series ring. Here are five players that are a big reason for Toronto’s success, and should be considered for the AL All-Star Team.

5. Casey Janssen

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5. Casey Janssen

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This is an absolute reach, however with a 1.29 ERA, Janssen deserves consideration. His 12 saves are nowhere near the league leaders, but he has solidified the back end of a division-leader’s bullpen. That is no easy task.

4. Melky Cabrera

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4. Melky Cabrera

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After an injury-plagued 2013 season, he has really stepped up his game in 2014. Now, two years removed from his HGH suspension, Cabrera is turning a low-risk signing into a high reward for Toronto.

3. Edwin Encarnacion

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3. Edwin Encarnacion

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After an abysmal first couple weeks to the season, Encarnacion has been on a tear. He is second in the AL in home runs and third in RBIs.

2. Jose Bautista

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2. Jose Bautista

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Joey Bats’ power numbers continue to be there for Toronto with 15 homeruns and 48 RBIs, however his batting average in 2014 is even more impressive. A .257 career hitter is at .309 thus far this season.

1. Mark Buerhle

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1. Mark Buerhle

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Buerhle is a no-brainer, and is a candidate to start the 2014 All-Star Game. He has had a renaissance this season, and is second in the AL in wins and third in ERA.