Yankees ace Luis Severino has been named to his second consecutive All-Star Game, but does he deserve the starting nod?
Severino's 2.12 ERA is the second-best in the AL (Tampa Bay's Blake Snell leads the league at 2.09 and was somehow left off the All-Star Game roster), but two mediocre starts in his last four have hurt him a bit.
While Severino's ERA barely clips Astros ace Justin Verlander (2.15), he trails Verlander in two other notable categories.
Verlander has a league-leading 0.84 WHIP, with Severino at 0.96. And Verlander has struck out 154 batters in 125.2 innings, while Severino has K'd 143 batters in 123.1 innings.
But Verlander already said he isn't pitching in the game, potentially paving the way for Severino to start.
Other contenders to start the game are Snell (if MLB fixes its gaffe and adds him to the roster), Chris Sale of the Red Sox, and Indians teammates Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber.