San Diego Padres reliever Huston Street will replace teammate Tyson Ross on the National League roster for Tuesday’s All-Star Game, reports Corey Brock of MLB.com. Ross started for the Padres on Sunday, leaving him unavailable to appear in the big game on Tuesday.
Street, 30, has been among the top relief pitchers in baseball during the first half of the 2014 season. His 1.09 ERA puts him in some rarefied territory, and while he’s certainly benefited from the friendly confines of Petco Park, his 314 ERA+ reflects utter dominance on the mound. That’s over 200 percent better than the league average.
So while Street has played a fairly limited role this season, pitching 33 innings over 33 appearances, he’s undoubtedly been fantastic when he’s been on the mound. He’s also converted 24-of-25 save opportunities, proving to be a reliable option for San Diego to finish off games.
And while Street’s ERA may be unsustainable, his overall performance has genuinely been quite strong. His 34-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio is superb and his 42.5 percent groundball rate, per FanGraphs, would be nearly the highest of his career. While Petco Park may favor pitchers, limiting fly balls has always been difficult for Street and he’s shown possible improvement in that area this season.
This will be the second All-Star appearance of Street’s career after making the team in 2012, his first year with the Padres. That season, Street posted a 1.85 ERA with 23 saves over 40 games, but dealt significant injury issues. Street also spent time with both the Oakland Athletics and Colorado Rockies, winning the American League Rookie of the Year award in 2005.