Who in their right minds would have guessed that headline would make sense come June 22?
What is even more frustrating for the Chicago White Sox is the fact the team is struggling even though the headline rings true. Had anyone said Phil Humber would be a Cy Young candidate and Paul Konerko would be an MVP candidate, the world would have bet their lives on the White Sox cruising to the ALCS.
That, however, is why we play the game; to see flops like Adam Dunn and Alex Rios, as well as seeing surprises like Humber and Konerko.
First, let's start with the biggest surprise.
The twice-cut Phil Humber is 7-3 with a 2.90 ERA, 55 strikeouts, 20 walks and a 0.98 WHIP in 90 innings pitched. He's tied for 17th in ERA, fifth in WHIP and eighth in batting average against in all of baseball.
Clearly, he won't be winning the Cy Young, but the simple fact that he should be an All-Star, although I'm not sure he will thanks to the brilliance that is the All-Star game, is incredible.
Someone needs to give White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper some kind of award.
If Paul Konerko didn't look like everyone's old, out-of-shape uncle, I'm sure we'd be calling for steroid use, considering the years Konerko has put together last season, at the age of 34, and so far this season, at the age of 35.
Konerko is hitting .331 with 21 home runs, 59 RBI, 39 runs, one stolen base (yes, one stolen base), and a .400 OBP. Konerko is fourth in batting average, second in home runs, fourth in RBI, ninth in OBP, fifth in slugging percentage (.607), and sixth in OPS (1.005) in all of baseball.
The scary thing is Konerko seems to be getting better as the season progresses.
Konerko has homered in five straight games and 11 of his last 20 games. In his last 10 games, Konerko is 15-for-36 with nine runs, six home runs and 10 RBI.
What's even scarier is with Mark Teixeira and Adrian Gonzalez getting the ESPN-induced fan vote and Miguel Cabrera deserving a spot as well, although he has better numbers than Teixeira and Cabrera, Konerko could be left off the All-Star team.
It would mark the first time in history a deserving player didn't make the MLB All-Star team.
(Do to multiple comments regarding the previous sentence, I must point out it was written in pure sarcasm. Was it really that hard to sense it? When Tim Wakefield and Omar Infante make an All-Star Game then clearly a deserving player did not.)
Twenty bucks says Derek Jeter gets a lifetime achievement spot on the All-Star team, even though better players like Ken Griffey Jr., Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson, to name a few, never received such treatment, and Konerko gets left out.
You have the power to fix that. Now, get out there and vote for the All-Star team like a logical human being.
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