Darvish headlines AL Final Vote candidates

July, 1, 2012
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Tim Heitman/US PresswireYu Darvish is one of the five American League Final Vote candidates.
Now that the All-Star teams have been announced, the next step is to vote for the Final Vote candidates.

In the American League, the vote comes down to Jonathan Broxton, Yu Darvish, Ernesto Frieri, Jason Hammel and Jake Peavy.

Which of these players most deserves to be in the All-Star Game?

First, let’s take a look at the three starting pitchers.

YU DARVISH

Darvish is 10-5 with a 3.59 ERA and 117 strikeouts. Max Scherzer is the only pitcher with more strikeouts not to be selected to the All-Star Game. Darvish has gone at least seven innings and recorded at least eight strikeouts in each of his last four starts. Only R.A. Dickey has a longer such streak this season.

Darvish has five starts with double-digit strikeouts, which is tied with Dickey for the most such games in baseball this season. He has the fourth-most strikeouts per nine innings behind Stephen Strasburg, Scherzer and Gio Gonzalez. Darvish has thrown the fourth-most pitches per start, trailing Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia and James Shields.

JASON HAMMEL

Hammel is 8-3 with a 3.29 ERA and 89 strikeouts. On June 27, he allowed eight earned runs and 3 1/3 innings. Jered Weaver is the only pitcher selected to the All-Star Game to allow at least eight earned runs in no more than 3 1/3 innings this season.

JAKE PEAVY

Jake Peavy started off great at 6-1 with a 3.05 ERA and 72 strikeouts in his first 12 starts. He’s lost each of his last four starts, but three of those four were quality starts and he has a 2.70 ERA over that span.

Thirteen of Peavy’s 16 starts this season are quality starts. Nobody in the American League has more quality starts than Peavy, and only R.A. Dickey (14) has more in all of baseball. The other two American League pitchers with 13 quality starts – Verlander and C.J. Wilson – were both selected to the All-Star team.

Broxton and Frieri are the two relievers in the AL group.

JONATHAN BROXTON

Jonathan Broxton
Broxton
Broxton has converted 20 of his 23 save opportunities this season. He is the only one of the four AL relievers with at least 20 saves not selected to the All-Star team.

After having an ERA over 4.00 each of the last two seasons, Broxton is on pace for the lowest ERA of his career. He's doing this despite having a lower strikeout rate than any of his previous seven seasons.

ERNESTO FRIERI

Frieri has a 0.75 ERA and is opponents are hitting .132 against him this season. But since coming over to the AL from the San Diego Padres, Frieri has converted all 10 of his save opportunities and he hasn’t allowed a single run in 23 1/3 innings.

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