The 2011 MLB All-Star Game takes place live from Chase Field in Arizona. The game seems to have lost some of its luster with so many guys pulling out of the game, but there is still plenty of star power on display.
In fact, some of the guys who were snubbed (Andrew McCutchen being the biggest) were able to get added to the roster.
But with baseball moving away from the offensive era and into this new generation of pitching and defense, we want to power rank the 15 best pitchers on this year's All-Star team.
The list is comprised of guys who are on the roster. Some of them won't pitch, either due to injury or because they pitched on Sunday, but they deserve to be included on this list because they are that good.
With so much talent on the mound in this game, don't expect a lot of offensive fireworks. Last year's game was a great example of the great depth of pitching talent in the game. It was a very swift moving 3-1 game in which the National League won thanks to a Brian McCann three-run double in the top of the seventh inning.
There are no relief pitchers on the list—sorry, Mariano Rivera fans—because I can't justify taking a person who is only responsible for three outs ahead of someone who is responsible for 20-plus outs every single game. Plus, the crop of starting pitchers in this game is as strong as any group in recent memory.
Five of the 15 pitchers on this list have won Cy Young awards, two others were named World Series MVP and the remaining eight guys are all capable of leading any rotation in baseball.
Without further ado, here are the 15 best pitchers on the 2011 American and National League All-Star teams.