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MLB All-Star Game: Ranking The AL Pitchers

MLB All-Star Game: Ranking the Pitchers of the AL Team

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The American League has a tremendous opportunity to gain home-field advantage for the team representing them in the World Series. With a roster sporting an advantage at almost every position, the AL is in prime position to win the Midsummer Classic. Here is a ranking of the AL pitchers participating in the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.

12. Dellin Betances, Yankees

Dellin Betances, Yankees
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12. Dellin Betances, Yankees

Dellin Betances, Yankees
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This guy has been a pleasant surprise for the Yankees. In his first full season, Betances is posting a 1.55 ERA, 79 strikeouts, and is in the running for Rookie of the Year honors.

11. Glen Perkins, Twins

Glen Perkins, Twins
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11. Glen Perkins, Twins

Glen Perkins, Twins
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Appearing in his second consecutive All-Star game, Perkins is a benefactor of the minimal number of big-name closers pitching in the AL.

10. Sean Doolittle, Athletics

Sean Doolittle, Athletics
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10. Sean Doolittle, Athletics

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Making his first appearance in the All-Star game, he has been a saving grace for Oakland. Taking over for Jim Johnson, Doolittle has solidified the backend of the A’s bullpen.

9. Greg Holland, Royals

Greg Holland, Royals
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9. Greg Holland, Royals

Greg Holland, Royals
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Like Perkins, Holland is in his second straight Midsummer Classic. With a 1.93 ERA and 23 saves, he is very deserving of this honor.

8. Scott Kazmir, Athletics

Scott Kazmir, Athletics
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8. Scott Kazmir, Athletics

Scott Kazmir, Athletics
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His resurrection began last season in Cleveland, and has carried over to Oakland in 2014. This will be Kazmir’s third All-Star selection, but first since 2008.

7. Mark Buerhle, Blue Jays

Mark Buerhle, Blue Jays
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7. Mark Buerhle, Blue Jays

Mark Buerhle, Blue Jays
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Another redemption story, Buerhle has found his groove this season. He will be pitching in his fifth All-Star game, and first since 2009.

6. Jon Lester, Red Sox

Jon Lester, Red Sox
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6. Jon Lester, Red Sox

Jon Lester, Red Sox
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He had a down season in 2012, but has bounced back over the past two. Now, it has come full circle, as Lester will appear in his third Midsummer Classic. He also has set himself up nicely for his impending free agency.

5. Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees
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5. Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees
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The only reason why he does not appear higher on this is because he has not pitched in MLB long enough. However, Tanaka is the clear favorite for AL Rookie of the Year, and has a legitimate chance to start for the American League.

4. Max Scherzer, Tigers

Max Scherzer, Tigers
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4. Max Scherzer, Tigers

Max Scherzer, Tigers
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These next four pitchers could be interchangeable within these rankings. Scherzer is continuing his dominant play coming off his 2013 Cy Young Award. He is the ace of the Tigers.

3. David Price, Rays

David Price, Rays
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3. David Price, Rays

David Price, Rays

Price has continued his stellar pitching even on a lousy Rays team. He will most likely be the most attractive target at the trade deadline.

2. Yu Darvish, Rangers

Yu Darvish, Rangers
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2. Yu Darvish, Rangers

Yu Darvish, Rangers
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Darvish entered the league in 2012, and has made the All-Star team in each season. He has quickly established himself as one of the best pitchers in baseball.

1. Felix Hernandez, Mariners

Felix Hernandez, Mariners
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1. Felix Hernandez, Mariners

Felix Hernandez, Mariners
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It is a pleasure watching Hernandez pitch for a contending team. He has continued to prove that he is a top-three pitcher in MLB.