The rosters for the All Star game were revealed today and two Indians made the team. Justin Masterson and Jason Kipnis will be representing the Tribe in the Mid-Season Classic. Both Masterson and Kipnis have had solid starts to the season, in what could be considered their best statistical season. Needless to say the team’s standing, fighting for the lead of the division, gave the players a better chance of making the All Star squad.
Masterson has been the stalwart of the up and down pitching staff that has included a number of players including Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco being shuttled back and forth from AAA just to compete in a game or two. Masterson currently has a 10-7 record with a 3.78 ERA including 131 strikeouts and a low WHIP of 1.22. Kipnis, who struggled last year, started off the season struggling but since the start of June has been amazingly consistent. Kipnis currently sits with a .296 average with 13 HRs, 54 RBIs with 22 doubles and taking 41 walks. Kipnis has also stole 19 bases this season so far.
At least one player that didn’t make the roster had some chance, and could be an injury replacement, Carlos Santana. Santana has a average of .266 with 10 HRs, 38 RBIs with 21 doubles. Santana was not going to replace Joe Mauer with the popularity based fan vote, and Mauer has had a solid season. Santana may have lost out on his spot to Houston’s Jason Castro who was the Astros only All Star representative. As Indians fans we understand that this happens, as often the Indians have only had one player representing them during their down years. This year Indians fans get to root on Kipnis and Masterson representing the team and the American League.