CC Sabathia, You're an All-Star In My Book

There are always a few players deserving of making an All-Star roster but get left out. It’s a numbers game and because every team must have at least one representative, some big names have to take a back seat. However, the ace of the American Leagues best team should have been selected.

CC Sabathia is on an absolute role, winning five straight start and is 9-1 in his last ten games. The Yankees big lefty is having yet another Cy Young quality season. Texas manager Ron Washington, who is coaching the AL squad this season, made a mistake by not naming Sabathia to the team. Sure, he would likely not be able to pitch anyway since he is scheduled to start Sunday but that should not matter.

Last night in Cleveland, Sabathia single handily shut down the Indians. He gave up just five hits in seven innings while striking out 11 and walking two. This coming one game after he struck out a career high 13 against Milwaukee.

Now 12-4 on the year, Sabathia is just the second Yankees pitcher to record at least 12 wins prior to the All-Star break in consecutive seasons. Tommy John was the other.

Sabathia leads all of baseball with 12 wins while sporting an ERA of 2.90. He is fifth in the American League in strikeouts, trailing only Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez, James Shields, and David Price. He is third in the league in innings pitched behind Verlander and Hernandez. Sabathia has walked just 34 batters and given up only five home runs in 136.2 innings.

Picking an All-Star team is never easy, especially when every team must have one member. However, to leave off one of the games best pitchers is a mistake. Regardless of what the paper says, CC Sabathia is an All-Star!