Is Felipe Vazquez The Right Choice For The All-Star Game?

Not many Pirates to choose from, but was Vazquez the right selection?

The Fan Morning Show
July 09, 2018 - 11:53 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- The 2018 Pirates season has taken a turn for the worst over the past couple months. Since the Bucs high watermark of 26-17, they have gone 15-31 to settle in at 41-48 as of Monday morning.

As such, the Pirates really didn't have much to offer in the way of All-Stars this season. No player has stood out as one of the best at their position. In fact, The Fan Morning Show says that if MLB didn't mandate that every team be representated at the festivites, the Bucs simply won't have anyone worthy enough to go.

But, since it had to be somebody, it turned out to be closer Felipe Vazquez. Vazquez got off to a very rocky start to 2018 but his numbers have evened out as he stands with 18 saves and a 3.38 ERA with 51 strikeouts through 37.1 IP. 

Colin Dunlap and Jim Colony said despite his struggles at times this season, Vazquez was the right choice. He is the guy on this Pittsburgh roster that brings the most excitement. Sure Corey Dickerson has put up decent numbers in left field and Francisco Cervelli has had a nice season behind the dish, but their skills don't showcase like Vazquez's do. He throws 100 mph and can look just filthy at times. Fans want to see that.

When it comes down to it, the All-Star Game is just an exhibition for entertainment. If the game doesn't mean anything, you want to see the athletes with the most skill be on display. Hence why Bryce Harper, with his sparkling .218 batting average, is an All-Star as well. Overarching skill trumps pure production sometimes and gives you the better chance at a high entertainment value.

Vazquez does that for the Pirates. Much like many love to see the majestic homerun, they also love to see the incomprehensible heat from the mound. 

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