Phil Hughes has been selected to the 2010 American League All-Star team – as he was voted in on the players’ ballot.
In his first six starts this season, Hughes went 5-0 and had an ERA of 1.38 in 39 innings pitched.
Since that time, in his last nine starts, Hughes has gone 5-2; however, in this span he’s had an ERA of 5.56 in 55 innings pitched.
Does 39 great innings offset 55 putrid innings and warrants an All-Star selection?
Man, this is a joke…and a bad one. And, if I’m Jeff Niemann, Jered Weaver, Felix Hernandez, C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis or John Danks right now then I’m wondering how Hughes gets selected over me. Shoot, Carl Pavano – and, yes, I can’t believe it – is more deserving of an All-Star selection based on 2010 first half stats than Phil Hughes.