It’s hard to believe that there have been eight starting pitchers in the American League who have performed better than Garrett Richards this season.
The young Angels’ righty has taken the league by storm, recently throwing one even more overpowering performance after another. Yesterday, he went 7-1/3 strong innings against Houston, allowing a single run and striking out 11, bringing his season record to 10-2, with a 2.71 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. Yet, the powers that be in the American League – eight
|pitchers are selected by a vote of players, coaches, and fans, and the rest of the staff is chosen by the managers and the Commissioner - consider eight other starting pitchers plus four relievers to be having better seasons.|
It is hard to question the selections of Felix Hernandez, Scott Kazmir, Masahiro Tanaka, and even Jon Lester, but the other four starters selected, Yu Darvish, Mark Buehrle, David Price
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Price, Scherzer and Darvish each have a few more strikeouts, Darvish and Buehrle slightly lower ERAs, but overall, the battle of the stats gives an edge, and really a big one, to Richards. Darvish, Buehrle, and Price are all toiling for teams having very disappointing, and Scherzer, though having his second excellent season in a row, is still not the go to guy
With the season he’s been having, Richards should not have to wait for one of these second chance events to occur, but that’s how the system works.