A year after getting just Carlos Guillen into the game, there was no question the Tigers were expecting to at least get two into the All-Star game, which happens next Tuesday, July 14th in St. Louis. The Tigers will certainly take three, but are still hoping to land a fourth.
Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson really need no explanation or introduction. The two have been amongst the best starting pitchers in baseball through the first half of the season, with both deserving consideration to be the game's starting pitcher. Edwin Jackson is currently 2nd in the AL with a 2.59 ERA, while Justin Verlander is among the top ten in wins, top 15 in ERA, and leads the AL with 130 strikeouts.
Curtis Granderson likely surprised at least a few people with his selection, given the numerous outfielders already on the team, and other possibly more deserving players on his own team. However, Granderson leads all centerfielders in baseball with 18 home runs, is 4th in the AL with 15 stolen bases, and has provided stellar defense, including his highlight-making, home run-robbing grab that secured a Tigers' victory in Cleveland off the bat of Grady Sizemore.
But Tigers' fans still have work to do, as Brandon Inge is in the running for the Final Player vote, where fans get one last chance to vote someone onto the team that hasn't been previously chosen. Beyond Inge's Gold Glove-caliber defense, he currently ranks third in the AL in OPS among third basemen at .874, and his 19 home runs and 54 RBI are both good for the team lead.
Fans can help get to St. Louis by voting for him at the link below:
2009 All Star Game Final Vote