On a staff with Lance Lynn and Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease developed into the best hurler on the team and one of the best in the American League.
In 2022, he pitched 184 innings and had a 2.20 ERA and 227 strikeouts.
Those numbers earned him a place among the AL Cy Young finalists last year, along with Justin Verlander and Alek Manoah.
However, he somehow wasn’t chosen to represent the American League in the 2022 All-Star Game.
It has to be one of the biggest snubs in recent memory.
“I thought I had played myself into 100 percent inevitable spot on the team,” he said on the Flippin’ Bats Podcast, per FOX Sports MLB.
"I thought I had played myself into 100 percent inevitable spot on the team."@whitesox righty @DylanCease talked about being an All-Star snub on the latest episode of @FlippinBatsPod 🎙️🗣️ pic.twitter.com/6C0RW5eoA8
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 5, 2023
Evidently, Cease did everything in his power (and then some) to be elected to the game, with no luck.
You have seen his end-of-the-season numbers, but they were even more impressive at the halfway mark.
Cease had a 2.15 ERA in 104.2 frames, striking out 150 hitters.
That’s complete dominance right there.
He should definitely have been there, but the league screwed up big-time.
He was one of the league’s best starters at the moment of choosing the players for the Midsummer Classic.
Cease, at 27, is still young and probably has many All-Star Games in his future.
He has come a long way from that guy who couldn’t take advantage of his excellent fastball velocity to get strikeouts.
He is now a legitimate strikeout artist who is almost untouchable on the mound.
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