By Steve Buchanan @sbuchanan24 on June 21, 2014
The San Diego Padres might not be looking at a playoff run, but they still have five players worthy of an All-Star Game roster spot.
The Padres don't have a lot of offense to get excited about, but pitching is a bit of a different story. Thayer has a solid 2.01 ERA in 31.1 innings pitched. If the Padres are ahead in a game, Thayer is a solid option to make sure that lead stays in tact. The same could be said during the All-Star Game.
Benoit has been great in his transition over to the National League. His fantastic numbers of a 1.42 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 31.2 innings have been vital to the Padres bullpen. On a team that is struggling for wins, Benoit has been one of the success stories for this team. He would be a great addition to the All-Star Team.
Are you sensing a trend here? The Padres have a fantastic bullpen. Torres is another example of that. His 1.86 ERA in 29 innings once again bolsters the Padres bullpen. Striking out almost a batter an inning, Torres is a great setup man like all the other late-inning guys on the team. Any of these pitchers would be great in the late innings of the All-Star Game.
It's amazing to think that Street has 20 saves on this Padres team so far. But, that's just a testament to how good Street has been this year. With 0.96 ERA and .155 average against, he's been fooling hitters all season. He would be one of the top choices to close the game out for the National League if it got to that point.
The only offensive player on the Padres deserving an All-Star bid, Smith is doing what he can for the Padres. Hitting .291 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs is good enough to represent his team. Even more impressive, his .396 on-base percentage. The Padres don't have much to root for, but Smith getting on the All-Star team is one of them.
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