By Max Zelenko on July 9, 2014
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.
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.
Appearing in his second consecutive All-Star game, Perkins is a benefactor of the minimal number of big-name closers pitching in the AL.
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.
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.
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.
Another redemption story, Buerhle has found his groove this season. He will be pitching in his fifth All-Star game, and first since 2009.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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