Angels' Frieri Looks to Join Trumbo, Trout, Weaver and Wilson at All-Star Game
Trumbo is batting .312 with 20 home runs and 55 RBI this season. This will be his first All-Star game.
Another first-timer will be fellow outfielder Mike Trout. The 20-year-old outfield stud leads the American League with a .339 average and 22 stolen bases, as well as nine home runs.
Returning to the All-Star game are aces Jered Weaver, heading to his third Midsummer Classic, and C.J. Wilson, heading to his second All-Star Game (his first with the Angels).
Weaver is 8-1 with a 2.40 ERA, 66 strikeouts and a league-leading 0.92 WHIP. He is leading in winning percentage and WHIP, but his strikeout total is way down from last year. Wilson, an Orange County native, signed with the Angels over the offseason and is having a solid season in his home county. He is 9-4 with a 2.33 ERA, 84 strikeouts, and a 1.17 WHIP.
Due to a rocky bullpen earlier in the season, the front office traded a pair of prospects for fire-throwing reliever Ernesto Frieri of the San Diego Padres. With the Padres, Frieri was 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 18 strikeouts.
With the Angels, Frieri first excelled as a setup man and then as a closer. As an Angel, he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 42 strikeouts and 10 saves. Overall, Frieri is 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 60 strikeouts.
Frieri is a finalist for the 2012 All Star Game "Final Vote." He is up against Royals closer Jonathan Broxton, Rangers starter Yu Darvish, Orioles starter Jason Hammel and White Sox starter Jake Peavy. Voting for the final roster spot began on Sunday. To vote, visit MLB.com.
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