The 2022 MLB All-Star Game is getting closer. After two years of waiting, Dodger Stadium will finally turn on its lights to welcome the most outstanding players of the first part of the campaign. COVID-19 forced a suspension last year, but everything is returning to normal.
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Twins Pitchers in the Running
Two outstanding rookie pitchers from the Twins have made compelling arguments to be named All-Stars this summer in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium. MLB fans have long enjoyed watching the All-Star game every summer, but pitching is the one position they never get to choose.
Pitcher selection is nothing more than a topic of conversation for fans. All pitchers who make the AL and NL teams are always determined by their teammates and coaches from around the league. Heading into the All-Star Game, two pitchers are standing out.
Case for Joe Ryan
Ryan not only seemed to be an all-star but also a strong candidate for the AL Rookie of the Year before missing three weeks due to COVID-19. Despite the setback caused by missing three weeks of the season, Ryan has some of the finest stats of any rookie starter in MLB this year.
Baseball fans might surely argue that he is the most worthy rookie starter to go to Dodger Stadium for the All-Star game this summer, despite the fact that he isn’t leading in every statistic for rookie starters. Ryan still has a decent opportunity to establish himself among his peers and league coaches between now and the break; however, it is impossible to predict how well he will do in each of his starts up to the break.
Case for Jhoan Duran
The argument for Duran’s selection to the all-star squad may be simpler for players and coaches to support. He anchors a shaky Twins bullpen in June and has the fastest average pitch in MLB (100.6 MPH).
Duran has only made two really poor relief outings this year, both of which were against AL East rivals. The first one occurred on April 15 against the Red Sox, while the second one occurred on June 9 at home against the Yankees. With the exception of those two games, Duran has been world-class.
Among rookie relievers in the American League, Duran has undoubtedly shown himself to be among the best. Every year, baseball fans want to see the best of the best play in the All-Star Game, and for many Twins supporters, the fact that Duran is the hardest thrower in MLB is sufficient justification.