Keeping Felix Hernandez Out of the MLB All-Star Game Isn't Right

Ben GoldsteinContributor IIIJuly 5, 2010

SEATTLE - JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners looks back at third baseman Jose Lopez after having to duck his throw to first base on a ground out by Ryan Theriot of the Chicago Cubs at Safeco Field on June 24, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The All-Star game rosters were announced today and there are a couple of snubs like there are every year.

But one stands out to me not just because I'm a Mariners fan but because statistically he deserves to be part of the All-Star game.

Felix Hernandez was robbed of a spot on the American League All-Star roster, because of his 6-5 record.

But that record is skewed. Hernandez plays for one of the worst offensive major league teams in the MLB and gets absolutely no run support at all.

He only has two starts where he allowed more than three runs and only one start where he pitched less than six innings.

Hernandez is also tied for the most quality starts with 14, which by the way is more than CC Sabathia, David Price, and Andy Pettite.

But his stats don't stop there. Hernandez has three complete games and is third in strikeouts in the American league. He has also been on a tear lately, pitching three straight complete games with at least eight strikeouts in each complete game.

And last Wednesday he threw a two-hit shutout against the mighty New York Yankees.

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Hernandez also is better statistically in almost category than Sabathia other than wins. He also has better stats than Fausto Carmona and Phil Hughes except for wins.

Maybe the managers or players should have voted him in because he deserved it. Going through a year of adversity like this, he deserves a nod to be in the All-Star Game.

King Felix deserves to be in the All-Star Game and it's not his fault for having a lackluster offense behind him that doesn't give him any run support.

I know it's too late now to start a campaign, but maybe stats should be more incorporated into getting an ace pitcher with stats better than his peers into the All-Star Game. But that's just me.

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