It was announced today that Evan Meek will be the Pittsburgh Pirates’ representative on the National League roster of the 2010 All-Star Game. Meek is in the middle of a tremendous season in which he’s posted a 0.98 ERA in 46 innings of work, with an 8.2 K/9, a 2.2 BB/9, and a .183 BAA.
Meek currently has the best ERA in the National League of all players with 30 or more innings pitched, and ranks third behind top closers Jose Valverde (0.51 ERA in 35 IP), and Mariano Rivers (0.86 ERA in 31.1 IP).
The only other Pirate who deserved to be selected was Andrew McCutchen, who is currently hitting for a .299/.379/.450 line in 298 at-bats, with 7 homers and 20 stolen bases. McCutchen didn’t make the final vote, so his only chance of being selected is if another representative in the National League can’t make it. The National League outfielders are Ryan Braun, Andre Ethier, and Jason Heyward, who were all voted in, as well as Michael Bourn, Marlon Byrd, Corey Hart, Matt Holliday, and Chris Young, who were selected as reserves. Byrd, Bourn, and Young are the lone representatives for their team.
The 2010 All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, July 13th in Anaheim.