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Preseason Predictions (Feb. 22)
Felix Hernandez (SEA), Josh Johnson (TOR), Jarrod Parker (OAK), David Price (TB), Chris Sale (CWS), Max Scherzer (DET), Justin Verlander (DET), Jered Weaver (LAA)
Previous Predictions (Jun. 26)
Clay Buchholz (BOS), Yu Darvish (TEX), Felix Hernandez (SEA), Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA), Chris Sale (CWS), Anibal Sanchez (DET), Ervin Santana (KC), Max Scherzer (DET), James Shields (KC)
Clay Buchholz (BOS), Bartolo Colon (OAK), Yu Darvish (TEX), Felix Hernandez (SEA), Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA), Hiroki Kuroda (NYY)*, Chris Sale (CWS), Anibal Sanchez (DET), Max Scherzer (DET), James Shields (KC)
*Injury Replacement for Clay Buchholz
There are a handful of options to earn the starting nod for the American League in this year's MLB All-Star Game, though Max Scherzer (13-0, 3.09 ERA, 10.7 K/9) has to be considered the front-runner, considering it's his manager, Jim Leyland, who will be making the decision.
Aside from him, Yu Darvish (8-3, 2.78 ERA, 12.0 K/9) looks like the other leading candidate. Seattle teammates Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma and Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez should also be locks to make the team.
Chris Sale and James Shields look like the best bets to be the lone representatives for their respective teams, while 40-year-old Bartolo Colon and 38-year-old Hiroki Kuroda have found the fountain of youth this season.
The injured Clay Buchholz likely won't be healthy to pitch in the game, but I still expect him to be named to the roster for accolades' sake. Ervin Santana and Justin Masterson have cases to be on the team as well, but there are only so many spots.