Minnesota Twins: 4 Twins that should be in the MLB All-Star Game
By Chris Schad
Jose Berrios – SP
Last year, Jose Berrios broke out as one of the brightest young arms in baseball, compiling a 12-11 record and a modest 3.84 ERA. While it was a good season, many expected Berrios to take another leap forward in 2019 and he has done just that.
In 17 starts this season, Berrios has went 8-4 and nearly shaved a full run off his ERA checking in at 2.89. While he’s had his moments as a high-wire act, Berrios has been extremely good for the Twins this season, giving them much needed innings and instilling confidence in the clubhouse.
While Berrios’ performance is better than when he got the All-Star nod in 2018, he still didn’t get the invite to Cleveland, which may be one of the biggest head scratchers.
The pitching spots in the Midsummer Classic were loaded up by automatic spots for some teams like John Means of Baltimore and and Shane Greene of the Tigers, but there were others that were random such as Brad Hand of the Indians.
What might be more surprising is that Berrios almost has superior stats to Houston’s Gerrit Cole, who was the Astros’ sixth All-Star representative. On the season Berrios has more wins (8) than Cole (7) and a lower ERA (2.89) than the Houston ace (3.42).
While the Astros do benefit from recency bias from capturing a World Series in 2017, it’s still fair to wonder what else Berrios has to do to make this team.