Sunday, July 04, 2004
I know no one cares, but ...Posted by Aaron Gleeman
Okay, I realize, just a couple weeks ago, I was the guy who wrote, "Each year, the All-Star game is news for about five days -- the two days leading up to the game, the day of the game, and the two days following the game. For the other 360 days a year, no one cares."
With that said, how in the world is Ted Lilly an All-Star over Roy Halladay? They are both starting pitchers and they both pitch for the Toronto Blue Jays. Both pitchers have 7 wins and 5 losses. Aside from that stuff, Halladay leads in ERA (3.83 to 4.01) and innings pitched (108 to 98.2) and -- here's the big one -- Roy Halladay has actually been great in the past. He won the AL Cy Young award last year and also went 19-7 with a 2.93 ERA in 2002. Lilly, meanwhile, has never won more than 12 games in a season and has never had an ERA better than 3.69.
So what's the big advantage Lilly had to make him an All-Star? I'm not sure, but I'm guessing it has something to do with his pitching for the Yankees from 2000-2002.
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