Jason Marquis Is No All-Star

Ed LeiserCorrespondent IJuly 6, 2009

With the All-Star game rosters set, the talk will now inevitably turn towards the snubs of both leagues.

Instead of listing who should be in, I want to point out one player that should not be in. 

Jason Marquis, you are no All-Star.

What about your résumé is All-Star worthy, Jason?  Yes, you have 10 wins, but pitchers can not be judged on their wins.  Zack Greinke has 10 wins and is head-and-shoulders better than you. Cliff Lee has four wins and is also head-and-shoulders above you. 

So what else, Jason, since I am dismissing your impressive win total?

Your ERA of 3.87 ranks No. 25 in the National League. I am not impressed by that at all.  Any pitcher who gives up nearly four earned runs per start should not be on an All-Star team.

Your 1.308 WHIP is good, but worse than Javier Vazquez, Johnny Cueto, and Yovani Gallardo, among others.  Those three men also have much better résumés.

You have issued only 36 walks, which I can tolerate, but have only struck out 51 batters.  A 1.42 strikeout-to-walk ratio is slightly above average (certainly not All-Star worthy).

Vazquez has 130 K's against only 23 walks. 

Cueto has 78 K's against only 32 walks.

Gallardo has 114 K's against only 46 walks.

Jason, are you starting to get the picture?

I noticed your BAbip sits at .270 (below the league norm of .300).  Well, that helps explain things then.  You are obviously getting lucky.

Luck in baseball is the only explanation why someone like you can be elected into an All-Star game.

But don't worry, Jason.

Your 4.93 career second-half ERA will expose you, just as your 30-37 career second-half record will simply indicate that your current record is pure luck.

Baseball's Midsummer Classic has again failed me; players like Marquis belong at the back-end of rotations, but not the back-end of All-Star rotations.

Jason Marquis, you are no All-Star.

 

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