There was no relief in San Diego or Seattle on Sunday when the All-Star Game rosters were announced.
Padres closer Huston Street was not selected to the National League roster and Mariners game-ender Fernando Rodney was not on the American League roster. Really?
Street (23-for-24 in save chances) and Rodney (25-for-27) are the premier closers in their respective leagues. Street has a 1.13 ERA while Rodney checks in with a 2.11 ERA. And neither one of them was selected as an All-Star.
We at Golferswest.com say, “Are you kidding me?”
Here are this week’s Power Rankings:
1. Athletics (1): Little did the AL West leaders know that they were getting a NL All-Star in RHP Jeff Samardzjia in their trade with the Cubs.
2. Angels (3): If Mike Trout declines to participate in Home Run Derby, why even have one?
3. Dodgers (2): Kudos to 2B Dee Gordon, son of Tom and first Dodgers second-base All-Star starter since Steve Sax in 1986.
4. Mariners (5): Pay special attention to this weekend’s three-game series against the A’s at Safeco Field.
5. Giants (4): June Swoon grabbed the former Division-leaders by their collective collars.
6. Astros: (6): Second baseman Jose Alteve might be the least-known player on either All-Star roster.
7. Rangers (7): Kudos to 3B Adrian Beltre for another All-Star Game selection – and staying healthy on an otherwise injury-riddled team.
8. Padres (10): Congrats Tyler Ross, but in the real world, teammate Huston Street would be representing San Diego in the All-Star Game. What was Mike Matheny thinking?
9. Rockies (8): Double-duty for Troy Tulowitzki at All-Star game: Home Run Derby captain and player.
10. Diamondbacks (9): D-Backs strike All-Star gold with Paul Goldschmidt in the NL starting lineup at first base.
(Last week’s ranking in parenthesis)