Well, this is my first post on a blog, as a 16 year old high school junior, so here goes nothing.
First off, ask yourself: When you look at the AL starting pitchers that made the All-Star roster, is Rick Porcello better than any of them? Or even Anibal Sanchez? As a Tigers fan, some of you will probably say yes. I say no.
Let's first look at Porcello's statistics. He boasts 11 wins, which is good enough for T-2nd best in the MLB. I think we've learned that wins aren't a good indicator of a pitcher's talent, with the debate over Scherzer W/L and last year's Cy Young. He has a good 3.43 ERA, but it is worse than any of the other starters that made the team. Obviously, Rick is not a strike out pitcher, only getting 67 men on strikes so far. He retires batters by inducing ground ball outs with his excellent sinker piece. This brings up another point, that he has above-average defense behind him, especially in the infield. Kinsler and Romine/Suarez make an excellent defensive middle infield, which helps Rick out a ton. There is nothing wrong with this, but it's hard to compete in an All-Star selection with guys who are striking out 100+ batters already. For example, Chris Sale has thrown 19.1 less innings than Rick, but struck out roughly 40 more batters. Porcello keeps hitters to the tune of a .253 BAA, which is very quality work, but not better than any of the All-Stars. One thing you can't overlook about Rick, is the fact that he threw back-to-back CG shutouts, allowing just 7 hits during those starts. Astonishingly, all 6 strikeouts in those two starts occurred in the first start, as well as the 1 BB. That is extremely good pitching, but unfortunately it was good timing before the ASG, so it attracted a lot of attention, but his numbers don't compare to the rest. His previous start before tonight (7/12/14) was one to forget, lowering his chances of getting in on the Final Vote. (Off topic, but I just want to say fan voting for the ASG is STUPID!) I think it was clear that Sale deserved the nod over Rick, fan vote aside. While Rick Porcello is having a fantastic year for the Tigers, it's not quite All-Star caliber in this year's field of starting pitchers.
Please comment on the topic, and please tell me how I did for my first article. Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed it! Go Tigers!
(Note: As I was writing this article, Porcello was still in the game against KC, so numbers will change.)