All-Star Starter: Cliff Lee (SEA)
Lee missed the first month of the season, but that hasn't kept him from putting up some dominant numbers. Through 11 starts and 86.2 innings, Lee has struck out 76 while walking only four. Incredible. His 1.97 FIP in the AL is unbelievable, as is his 2.39 ERA.
He may be the big chip on the trade block when July 31st rolls around, but Lee deserves to start the All-Star game as a Mariner on July 13th.
Other Starters: Francisco Liriano (MIN), Jon Lester (BOS), Jered Weaver (LAA), David Price (TBR), Clay Buchholz (BOS), Phil Hughes (NYY)
Liriano is having a great bounce-back year from injuries in his last three seasons. He has posted a 3.47 ERA and a 2.19 FIP in 98.2 innings while striking out 106 and walking only 27. His 6-6 record shouldn't scare you away, because he has great peripherals.
Jon Lester is turning into a guy that will be a top five pitcher year in and year out in the AL. In 16 starts and 107 innings this year, Lester has a 2.86 ERA, a 3.01 FIP and 111 strikeouts. Although there are a lot of good pitchers on the Red Sox staff, Lester is the ace.
Sadly, Jered Weaver should probably be the only Angels representative in the All-Star Game that will be held in Anaheim. Weaver has the most strikeouts in the AL (118) and boasts a 7-3 record to go along with his 3.01 ERA and 2.93 FIP. He has also only walked 24 batters in 101.2 innings.
David Price will likely get into the All-Star Game mainly because of his double digit wins, but he also has all the other stats to back the selection up. His 2.44 ERA is tops on his team and puts him second in the AL, so he deserves his first trip to the All-Star Game.
Clay Buchholz should also make the team from the Boston Red Sox rotation. Although he is only striking out 6.26 per nine innings, Buchholz has a 2.45 ERA, 3.47 FIP and is at 2.2 wins over replacement in the AL (eighth).
Finally, Phil Hughes and his 10-1 record will round out the starters selected to the All-Star Game. Hughes has a 3.17 ERA in a hitter-friendly park and is striking out nearly a batter per inning. Pretty good for a guy who just turned 24.