The 2022 MLB All-Star Game is just around the corner: the game is in Los Angeles, on July 19.
Most of the game’s brightest stars will be there representing both circuits, the American and National League.
As the rosters continue to get ready through fan vote and managers’ decisions, there is a dilemma right now in the National League: who should start the game?
Tony Gonsolin of the Los Angeles Dodgers is a candidate.
In 15 starts and 81.2 innings, he has an incredible 10-0 record and a 1.54 ERA.
He has struck out 77 hitters and has a stellar 0.82 WHIP.
Alcantara’s Durability Should Give Him The Edge
He has similar numbers as Gonsolin, but is pitching many more innings.
“For those suggesting Tony Gonsolin should start the All-Star Game over Sandy Alcántara, I calculated Alcántara’s numbers if he were removed from his starts at the time as Gonsolin. They are almost identical. (IP are slightly different; Gonsolin lasted longer in 2 of 15 starts)” Passan tweeted, with the results of his calculations.
For those suggesting Tony Gonsolin should start the All-Star Game over Sandy Alcántara, I calculated Alcántara's numbers if he were removed from his starts at the time as Gonsolin. They are almost identical. (IP are slightly different; Gonsolin lasted longer in 2 of 15 starts.) pic.twitter.com/GIYcSaS9DF
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 6, 2022
What’s Passan’s point?
That Alcantara’s numbers would be much better, almost as good as Gonsolin’s (in several stats, even better) if manager Don Mattingly had a quicker hook on him.
But he is a different kind of pitcher than Gonsolin: in fact, he leads MLB with 123.1 innings and has an equally impressive 1.82 ERA.
Gonsolin is a fantastic pitcher and the Dodgers have given him all the resources to succeed, but if the game was today or tomorrow, Alcantara deserves to be the National League starter.
It’s close, but the Marlins’ ace durability gives him the edge.