The votes have been tallied, and the results are in: David Freese will be added to the National League All-Star roster, and Yu Darvish will join the American League squad in Kansas City on Tuesday night.
Just like when they voted in Mike Napoli, Curtis Granderson, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval as starters for the game, the fans got this wrong. Maybe Freese and Darvish are All-Star caliber, but they were not the most deserving out of the five options presented to the fans.
Yu Darvish himself said that he doesn't deserve to be on the team, and he was right. Yes, Darvish has 10 wins. Yes, he has an impressive 117 strikeouts in 102.2 innings pitched. However, he has a 3.59 ERA.
If you have an ERA over 3.40, you aren't getting my vote.
Darvish's 10 wins are a result of his offense, which ranks first in the league in runs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. His 1.36 WHIP ranks below pitchers like Gavin Floyd, Bartolo Colon and Hector Noesi.
My vote went to the guy who probably received the most "Who?" reactions of any final vote candidate: Ernesto Frieri.
Since Frieri made his first appearance with the team after being acquired from San Diego on May 5th, the Angels are 23-1 in games that Frieri appeared in. In those 24 games, Frieri has not given up a single run in 24.1 innings pitched.
Not only has he not given up a run with the Angels, he's only given up seven hits and has struck out 42 batters. Frieri is also 10-for-10 in save opportunities.
Over in the National League, David Freese made a name for himself after winning the 2011 World Series MVP, which I'm sure helped him win the final vote. He's hitting .285 and has 13 home runs and 50 RBI for the Cardinals. These are good stats, but not even good enough to make him the most deserving final vote candidate on his own team. Matt Holliday is hitting .319 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI and he has an on-base percentage of .398.
Somehow that wasn't good enough to even get him on the final vote ballot.
Freese is having an All-Star caliber season, but the more of the five candidates is Michael Bourn.
Bourn is one of the most underrated players in baseball. When people vote, they look at the power numbers. Freese has 13 home runs, Bourn has seven. Freese has 50 RBI, Bourn has 32.
So why is Bourn more deserving?
Bourn is hitting .310, which is ninth-best in the National League. His .359 on-base percentage is better than Freese's .333, and Bourn has also stolen 23 bases and scored 57 runs. Freese has one steal and 36 runs scored.
Ernesto Frieri and Michael Bourn deserve to be All-Stars. But once again, the fans have spoken. And once again, they've gotten it wrong.
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