Ryan Cook and 3 Other Oakland Athletics Who Could Make the 2012 All-Star Team
Today, I will do the same with their East Bay rivals, the Oakland Athletics.
The A's have gotten off to a pretty solid start, considering the modest expectations that were set before the season began. They are hanging around the .500 mark with several of their key players on the DL (Yeonis Cespedes, Brandon Inge, Brett Anderson).
Josh Reddick, Ryan Cook and Tommy Millone are not exactly household names, but since each team is required to have at least one All-Star, one lucky player will begrudgingly be chosen to represent the A's.
with that being said, let's take a look at whom it might be.
Ryan Cook: Relief Pitcher
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If no one else steps it up, Ryan Cook will be chosen as the A's All-Star by default.
Cook was acquired in the deal that sent Trevor Cahill to Arizona, and it looks like the Diamondbacks got the short end of this trade.
He started the season with 23 scoreless innings, which hadn't been done by an A's pitcher since 1918.
He finally allowed two runs last week against the Twins, bumping his ERA to a jaw-dropping 0.75.
More than likely, Ryan Cook will be the only representative for the Oakland Athletics in the All-Star Game.
Tommy Millone: Pitcher
Millone was acquired in the trade that sent All-Star Gio Gonzalez to the Washington Nationals, and it is safe to say that both of them will have successful careers with their new teams.
Gio is 7-1 with a 2.04 ERA with the Nats, while Millone is 6-4 with a 3.64 ERA for Oakland.
Although it isn't really fair to compare them to each other right now (Millone is still a rookie), it is tough to say which one of them will be better in a couple years.
Although Millone is tied for second in the AL with six wins, it seems unlikely that he will be chosen as an All-Star.
First of all, he's pitching for the Oakland A's, and second, there are 15 other pitchers who are also tied for second with six wins.
Josh Reddick: Outfield
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Reddick probably has the second-best chance behind Cook to make the All-Star team, but it will probably come as a reserve.
He came over in a trade that sent All-Star closer Andrew Bailey to the Boston Red Sox (I hope you see a pattern here).
Reddick has surprised many with his outstanding play. He is batting .266 with 14 home runs (good enough for fourth among AL outfielders, and first among right fielders).
He has also shown strong defense, notching eight outfield assists.
Josh Reddick surely deserves to be an All-Star, but because he is trapped in Oakland, he will most likely be a reserve or injury replacement if he makes the team at all.
Yoenis Cespedes: Outfield
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Before he went down with a hand injury, Cespedes was the top candidate for AL Rookie of the Year.
In just 28 games, he batted .247 and hit five home runs, which still ties him for third among AL rookies.
The good news for fans is that he will be back when the A's play the Kansas City Royals on Friday, but I doubt that he will put together much of a run to make the All-Star team.