Because the Rangers played in the World Series last season, manager Ron Washington gets the honor and privilege of managing this season's All-Star Game. I'd assume that Wash would rather be fishing or cruising around the Ninth Ward in his Cadillac El Dorado than having to worry about winning an exhibition baseball game that no one takes seriously. Unfortunately, while half the team begs its way off the roster with mysterious injuries that magically clear up by the end of the break, this game may very well determine the fate of Washington's baseball team in October. This one counts, after all. At least for his trouble Wash gets to make a couple of decisions on the finality of his American League roster. That means Wash can play favorites.
If the players do not vote in a Rangers starter, I'd imagine Washington will use one of his remaining slots to pick one of his guys. Joe Nathan is probably going to Kansas City. Robbie Ross might go. As for starters, the candidates are:
|2012 - Yu Darvish||10-4||15||15||0||0||0||0||95.2||82||42||38||8||50||106||3.57||1.38|
|2012 - Matt Harrison||10-3||16||15||1||1||0||0||97.1||98||36||35||7||24||58||3.24||1.25|
|2012 - Colby Lewis||6-6||15||15||2||0||0||0||100.0||96||47||39||15||12||90||3.51||1.08|
Lewis probably isn't realistic because he's 1) injured at the moment and 2) not currently tied for the lead league in wins like the other two pitchers on this list. But Lewis has had a very good season and it isn't out of the realm of possibility for Washington to select his Opening Day starter as a symbolic gesture of sorts and then replace him.
The more likely choices are Darvish or Harrison. It's possible that both make the team if either end up selected by the players or Washington decides to go for broke and brings as many Rangers as possible and tells the rest of the league to simply deal with it. After all, Washington probably has the most to lose with this entire ordeal. He might as well have his guys just do it themselves.
With all that said, given the seasons had, in your opinion, which starter most deserves an All-Star nod?