The Houston Astros had a few clear snubs when it came to the 2017 American League All-Star team. RHP Chris Devenski, utility player Marwin Gonzalez, and catcher Brian McCann. Gonzalez is clearly the biggest snub for Astros fans, but Devenski was a straight-forward snub by the numbers.
Major League Baseball has correct one of these three errors. Devenski has been added to the American League All-Star Team.
#EARNED— Houston Astros (@astros) July 7, 2017
Congrats to @ddddeevvvoooo on his first career All-Star selection! pic.twitter.com/FlQUCbCqGQ
Devenski, 26, has been the Astros secret weapon out of the bullpen for the past season in a half. Per the Astros press release, since his debut 2016 season, he ranks second in the Majors in ERA (2.14) and WHIP (0.87) behind only LHP Clayton Kershaw (1.92 ERA; 0.80 WHIP), and second in opponent batting average (.188) behind only RHP Max Scherzer (.185) among pitchers with at least 150 innings pitched.
In 2017, he leads all Major League relievers in strikeouts (72) and innings pitched (51.2). He is 6-3 with a 2.09 ERA in 34 games this season, striking out 72 and walking 13 over 51 2/3 innings. Devenski has 11 holds and three saves.
This is Devenski’s first trip to the All-Star Game in his sophomore in the major leagues. He joins second baseman Jose Altuve, shortstop Carlos Correa, left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel, right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. and outfielder George Springer. It is the first time in franchise history that the Astros have had six players selected to the All-Star Game.
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