The Tampa Bay Rays will only have one representative at the 2014 MLB All-Star game and that’s ace pitcher David Price.
Price is one of 12 AL pitchers on the roster and he deserves the nod to attend his 4th All-Star game of his career.
Price is 7-7 heading into tonight’s start against the Detroit Tigers and has an ERA of 3.50. While those may not be glamorous numbers, if you dig a little deeper, Price is having a great year.
He’s striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings and has a ridiculous 9.00 strikeout to walk ratio. He’s walked only 17 batters in 18 starts and has struck out 153.
Price himself has said he’s never pitched better than he has right now, and that includes a season where he won a Cy Young.
However, perhaps one of the biggest omissions is Rays reliever Jake McGee. The big lefty is 3-0 this season with a 1.17 ERA in 41 games. He also has four saves and is striking out, as he has done throughout his career, over a batter an inning. He also hasn’t allowed a run in 38 of his 41 appearances.
Evan Longoria fails to make his 4th All-Star selection, and despite being a fan favourite, this makes four straight years that the Rays star third baseman has missed the fall classic.
Obviously, the Rays disappointing 40-50 record is a contributing factor as to why they have just one representative.