The 2022 All-Star ballot is out now. There are a few Baltimore Orioles worthy of a vote, but just because they should be considered, doesn’t mean they will.
Let’s start out by saying this: Just because the person is the best player in that position, doesn’t mean they will get the call to join their respective All-Star team. That should be the League Office’s headline for the game, but it also reigns true for the Baltimore Orioles.
The O’s might not be a championship team this season, but they do have some stellar players on both sides of the mound. We know that they will have at least one representative in this years festivities, but they should honestly have more.
3. Baltimore Orioles CP, Jorge Lopez, should receive All-Star consideration, but won’t
Ah, Jorge Lopez, the Baltimore Orioles failed starter, turned closer. Guess what? That experiment worked, and he is dominating this season. Believe it or not, but Lopez has the third best ERA among qualified closers. His seven saves puts him towards the bottom of the list, but the rest of his stats are pushing max-compacity.
Lopez is in the top-10 for strikeouts, and has a BA against ranking him in the top-3 of every closer in the Major Leagues. When it comes to other American League closers, both Liam Hendriks and Jordan Romano will most likely get the votes. I would be down right stunned if he makes it in, but he might be the most deserving that will be looking out.
2. Baltimore Orioles LHP, Cionel Perez, should receive All-Star consideration, but won’t
Much like Lopez, Cionel Perez has been killing it out of the pen this year. From non-existent, to dominant as he-double-hockey-sticks is the headline for Perez’s start to the 2022 campaign. Perez leads the bullpen, and some starters with 4-0 W/L. His 1.00 ERA is towards the top of AL relievers, and out of 74 batters faced, he has sent 19 back to the dugout packing.
Perez has also become a fierce leader in the clubhouse, and someone that the team really gets behind each time he takes the mound. If it came down to a players favorite vote, he would get the selection. However, with other relievers also showing up this year in the AL, getting Perez into the All-Star team is a far stretch. He is incredibly deserving, but will the selection happen?
1. Baltimore Orioles 1B/DH, Ryan Mountcastle, should receive All-Star consideration, but won’t
Somewhat like Perez, there is a likeability factor here. Ryan Mountcastle is a players player, and if the votes swayed that direction, he would be in for sure. However, the stats haven’t been there this season. He does rank in the top-15 in AVG, HRs, and RBIs, but there is more than meets the eye to the budding Orioles star.
Baseball Savant has Mounty sitting at the top of the league in a lot of categories, which make you think there is a chance, but I doubt it. All of the intangibles are there, but I would be even more shocked if he got the call. You never know what can happen between now and the All-Star break, but there is a solid chance you won’t see any of these names on the list come July.