There is one statistic working against Kevin Youkilis. After a slow start, the Boston Red Sox' third baseman is still sporting a .270 average, 22 points below his career mark and the worst of his career, discounting his rookie 2004 season.
However, when one looks at the whole picture, he is having a very good season. Perhaps he should not be starting the All Star Game, since the Yankee's Alex Rodriguez is having a very good year, but he certainly should have made the team above Adrian Beltre, who will be the backup in Arizona.
Beltre, who was teammates with Youk last season before joining the Texas Rangers in the offseason, has an 8.5 wRAA, less than half that of Youkilis (17.7). Youk also has the highest weighted runs created of any qualifying Major Leagye third baseman at 140. That is two above A-Rod and 26 more than Beltre. He has a higher OPS than both, also.
Youk leads both in wOBA, too: .383 to A-Rod's .378 and Beltre's .345. Having only moved to the hot corner from first base this year, his glove is not as good as either of the other two but overall, he is having the better season.