Originally Posted by Brutus
I don't know how you cannot go with Leake if you're going to take a Reds' pitcher. I realize he's not got the best peripherals, but bottom line he's by far been the Reds' most productive starter. I don't know where the Reds would be right now without him pitching every fifth day.
His ERA is more than a run better than Bailey and his WHIP is extremely comparable. Leake deserves a nod more than Bailey based on bottom line production.
My argument against Leake is that he hasn't proved himself as an All-Star caliber pitcher over a long enough period of time. But I am in the minority on this issue.
I emphasis the All-Star part of the All-Star game. The way I choose my team, is I find players who have been one of the best at their position for a few years at least. Then I see how they are performing this year. If they are still in the All-Star range, even if they aren't statistically the best, they make my team. I only pick rookies or guys have great first halfs of a season for the first time, if there is no one else to pick.
I want as many true All-Stars on my team, not just guys who are on a roll, like Leake.