Dellin Betances and Mark Teixeira are the two Yankees that have been selected to play in this year’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati on July 14 at Great American Ballpark. They both deserve to be on the All-Star team and it would have been a mistake if they were not selected.
Brett Gardner, who has done a tremendous job as the leadoff hitter for the last month and a half while Jacoby Ellsbury has been on the disabled list, will make the All-Star team if he gets more votes than Xander Bogaerts, Yoenis Cespedes, Brian Dozier and Mike Moustakas between now and 4 p.m. EST on Friday in the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote contest.
Gardner is deserving because he is fourth in the American League in steals (15), tied for third in the league in runs scored (60) and tied for fifth in the AL with his 21 doubles. He also has the ninth best on-base percentage in the league (.372), which proves that he is doing very well getting on base and being a table-setter at the top of the lineup. You can vote for Brett Gardner to win the Final Vote here.
Teixeira is having a great bounce back season from his sub-par previous three campaigns when he had various injuries. He has a .243 average with 20 homers, 59 RBIs, 37 runs scored and a .532 slugging percentage. He has not had a season when he has had a better than .500 slugging percentage since 2009, which was the last year that he was an All-Star. He is on track to easily surpass his power numbers from his last two seasons when he played more than 120 games (2012 and 2014) as he had 24 homers and 84 RBIs and 22 homers and 62 RBIs, respectively, in those two seasons.
Teixeira, who has been playing Gold Glove caliber first base, is tied for fifth in the AL with his 20 homers, is first in the league with his 59 RBIs and is seventh in the league with his .532 slugging percentage. He has been an integral part of the middle of the Yankees lineup and the team would not be in first place by one and a half games without his resurgence.
Betances, who has been one of the top five relievers in the league, was named an All-Star for the second consecutive season. He is one of only three relievers in the AL with a pitching WAR of above 1.5.
He has pitched in 37 games (42 innings) and has a 1.50 ERA, a 0.86 WHP, 68 strikeouts, five wins and seven saves. He is tied for first among AL relief pitches in wins, is first among AL relief pitchers in strikeouts, and his ERA and WHIP are both in the top five among pitchers who have pitched as many games as he has.
Andrew Miller is supposed to return from the disabled list on Wednesday, and when both Betances and Miller have been healthy they have combined to form a top two set-up and closer combo in the American League. Betances thinks that Gardner is very deserving of winning the FInal Vote and was surprised that he wasn’t already selected.
“He’s very deserving,” said Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, who made the team in the players vote, of Gardner. “Obviously the numbers speak for themselves. I thought he would have gotten the call and not been in the final vote. So now, we’ve got to get him in somehow.”
Including tonight’s game against the Oakland Athletics, the Yankees (44-38) have six more games before the All-Star break.