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With the mid-summer classic ready to go on Tuesday night, there have been complaints over who is going and who is not. Starting the All-Star Game is supposed to signify that you are the best in the league at your position. Since fans have been given the right to vote, more often than not, they don’t get it right. I know that such a huge outcry of fan support means that the team and players are beloved but, that doesn’t mean they deserve to start or even be there. Case in point: Boston Red Sox 2B, Dustin Pedroia.
Before we start going nuts, let me explain myself. I am not saying that Pedroia doesn’t deserve to be in the All-Star Game. He has put up very good numbers, especially at a position as shallow as 2B. His line for the year currently stands at: .314, 9 HR, 47 RBI, 67 R, and 9 SB. However, his overall numbers can be a tad bit deceiving. Before the month of June, Pedroia was hitting .281 which was capped off with a May where hit .260. Then June came. In 25 games, Pedroia hit .356 and had four home runs. He is also having an explosive July with 20 hits in 52 at bats to raise his season average to .314. Yet the man we should see standing at 2B when the game starts is Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers.
Ian Kinsler’s season currently stands at: .337 (leads the AL), 14 HR, 58 RBI, 84 R, and 23 SB. In short, he has better numbers than Pedroia in every category. Not counting March (where he played just one game), Kinsler has not hit below .300 in any month. He is on pace for over 25 HR and over 40 SB. His offensive numbers are made even more incredible by the fact that he is a leadoff hitter. He is coming off a June where he hit .362 with 6 HR and also 12 doubles. Currently in July he is hitting .442 (23-52). His numbers clearly put him ahead of Pedroia, yet he is restricted to coming off the bench this Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
What it all boils down to is that Kinsler has had an amazing season and Pedroia had an amazing month and half. Cheer loud and proud Red Sox Nation, but get the voting right next year.