Sonny Gray, P, Oakland
8-3, 3.08 ERA, 95 K
Even though A’s starter Sonny Gray may be a stretch of a snub (not like Oakland doesn’t have enough All-Stars already), he does have a case to at least be considered for the Final Vote.
Gray’s 3.08 ERA is 40 points better than David Price (who made the roster) and his .229 BAA is better than the Astros’ Dallas Keuchel (who made the Final Vote ballot.) He has also allowed just two-thirds as many runs (40) as Price (61) and a just a third of the home runs (6) Price allowed as well (19). He’s struck out more batters (95) than Keuchel (84) and allowed less hits as well.
Gray is a part of a solid rotation that has the Oakland A’s as the current World Series favorites. Both Keuchel and Price are on teams that are going nowhere in 2014.
Maybe Oakland has too many players on the AL All-Star team this year. But is it really their fault that they’ve played so well leading up to the All-Star break?