The excitement of a 6-1 victory that capped a four-game sweep of the Houston Astros on Sunday was tempered when the Angels learned that only one player from their club, which has the third-best record in baseball, was named to the American League All-Star team.
Snubbed were pitcher Garrett Richards, who got the win over the Astros on Sunday to improve to 10-2 with a 2.71 earned-run average and 119 strikeouts in 116 1/3 innings, and slick-fielding shortstop Erick Aybar, who is hitting .278 with six homers and 43 RBIs, most among AL shortstops.
“I’m pretty disappointed,” said Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, a nine-time All-Star. “I think Aybar should be an All-Star. He’s the shortstop with the most RBIs. And Garrett has been outstanding. Look at the numbers. Look what he’s done all season long.
Angels: 51-36, 1 representative (Trout)
Astros: 36-54, 1 representative (Altuve)
Mariners: 48-40, 3 representatives (Felix, Cano, Seager)
Rangers: 38-50, 2 representatives (Darvish, Beltre)
Indians: 43-44, 1 representative (Brantley)
White Sox: 42-47, 2 representatives (Abreu, Ramirez)
Blue Jays: 47-43, 3 representatives (Buehrle, Encarnacion, Bautista)
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