The Orioles were shut out from having any players elected as starters to the 2015 All-Star Game. When the reserves were announced on Monday night, they finally got themselves some All-Stars. The picks included a couple who you'd expect and a couple you probably didn't expect. Adam Jones and Manny Machado were both named to the team. Relievers Zach Britton and Darren O'Day ALSO were both named to the American League team.
The Orioles have four All-Stars. Cool.
One certainly can't argue with any of the credentials for Britton or O'Day. Britton, making his first All-Star team, has saved 23 games with a 1.82 ERA in 34 appearances so far this season. He's struck out 41 of the 135 batters that he has faced, over 30% of batters faced, and has only issued seven walks. All of that is good for a 1.01 WHIP and as of this writing, Britton has yet to take a loss this season. He's only blown one save and the O's still didn't lose that game.
Given how rare it is for non-closers to make the All-Star team, no matter how good they are doing, it is a surprise for O'Day to get named. He certainly deserves his first career All-Star selection with how he's performed this season. O'Day's ERA is even more microscopic than Britton's, a 1.14 ERA over 31.2 innings. He's struck out 42 batters in that time and issued only eight walks. It's good for a ridiculous 0.821 WHIP. O'Day has an unblemished 5-0 record and has even picked up a couple of saves this season.
For Machado, this is his second All-Star selection in his career. He's basically awesome in every conceivable way this season, blitzing the poor pitchers of MLB to a .299/.356/.522 batting line up to this point in the season, including 17 home runs. That's good stuff.
Jones will be on his fifth All-Star roster, including his fourth in a row. He's the one player you might say got in on reputation, with him having missed some games due to injury, but you know what, haters can go take a long walk off a short pier. Jones is great and the entire All-Star experience will be better off with him being there.