Via James Schmehl:
Phil Coke doesn’t receive quite the same attention or praise as starter Justin Verlander or closer Jose Valverde, but the late-inning reliever has arguably been just as important to the Tigers’ pitching staff in the first half of the season. So much so that The Daily Fungo’s Mike McClary says the unknown left-hander deserves All-Star recognition.
As McClary notes, Coke has retired the first hitter he’s faced 71 percent of the time, and allowed just eight of his 30 inherited runners to score. Besides, the fun-loving 27-year-old led a Mohawk revolution in the Tigers’ clubhouse. What more of a reason to cast a vote for Coke do you need?
Hey, who needs Phil Coke when you have Chan Ho Park and Boone Logan?