5 Pitchers Who Could Potentially Start For The American League In 2016 All-Star Game

By Bryan Zarpentine

Pitching in the majors this season has been, for the most part, excellent. This creates an awfully long list of pitchers who are not only worthy of making the All-Star team, but starting the game. There is no shortage of deserving candidates in the American League, and these five starters have a good chance to start the Midsummer Classic this year.

5 Pitchers Who Could Potentially Start For The American League In 2016 All-Star Game
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5. Chris Tillman, Orioles

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Tillman has been Baltimore's best pitcher this year, helping the Orioles reach the top of the AL East, and he should have at least an outside shot of being the American League's starting pitcher this summer.

5. Chris Tillman, Orioles

Tillman has been Baltimore's best pitcher this year, helping the Orioles reach the top of the AL East, and he should have at least an outside shot of being the American League's starting pitcher this summer.

4. Jordan Zimmermann, Tigers

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Zimmermann has definitely been one of the standout pitchers in the American League this year, and from a competitive advantage, he's familiar with most of the National League's hitters, which could help the AL get a win.

4. Jordan Zimmermann, Tigers

Zimmermann has definitely been one of the standout pitchers in the American League this year, and from a competitive advantage, he's familiar with most of the National League's hitters, which could help the AL get a win.

3. Jose Quintana, White Sox

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Quintana currently holds the lowest ERA in the American League, so he has to be in the mix to start. His WHIP is under one, as batters can't even get on base against him. He'll definitely be an All-Star this year, and a worthy candidate to start.

3. Jose Quintana, White Sox

Quintana currently holds the lowest ERA in the American League, so he has to be in the mix to start. His WHIP is under one, as batters can't even get on base against him. He'll definitely be an All-Star this year, and a worthy candidate to start.

2. Danny Salazar, Indians

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Between his 1.80 ERA and his exceptional strikeout rate, it's difficult to argue against Salazar starting. He's been as dominant as any pitcher in baseball and is a lock to be on the American League All-Star team.

2. Danny Salazar, Indians

Between his 1.80 ERA and his exceptional strikeout rate, it's difficult to argue against Salazar starting. He's been as dominant as any pitcher in baseball and is a lock to be on the American League All-Star team.

1. Chris Sale, White Sox

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The name recognition Sale has may give him a slight edge over the others. That and an AL-low 0.76 WHIP combined with a 1.67 ERA may be enough to make Sale the top choice to start this summer's All-Star Game.

1. Chris Sale, White Sox

The name recognition Sale has may give him a slight edge over the others. That and an AL-low 0.76 WHIP combined with a 1.67 ERA may be enough to make Sale the top choice to start this summer's All-Star Game.

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