Roy O goes to the All-Star Game
I’m very happy for the fact Roy Oswalt is, deservingly, going to the All-Star Game. But, in all fairness, he should have been in the roster since day one; and not as a substitution for Pedro Martinez.
Here’s the press release from the Astros Media Relations department.
OSWALT ADDED TO NL ALL-STAR TEAM
Astros right-hander named to replace Pedro Martinez on NL squad
HOUSTON, TX ? Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Roy Oswalt has been added to the National League All-Star Team, Major League Baseball announced today. Oswalt replaces New York Mets right-handed pitcher Pedro Martinez on the roster, as Martinez will not play in the game because of injury.
The 28-year-old Oswalt will make his second All-Star appearance. He was named to the 2005 All-Star team as a result of fan voting on mlb.com, pitching one inning in last year?s Midsummer Classic in Detroit. Oswalt is 6-5 this season and ranks sixth in the NL with a 3.10 ERA (41ER/119.0IP). He started the season with a 4-0 record while his four wins in April mark a career high for the month.
Oswalt has recorded 20 wins in each of the last two seasons, and his 46 wins since the beginning of the 2004 season lead Major League Baseball. He is 89-44 with a 3.07 ERA (375ER/1099.2IP) since he made his Major League debut in 2001, and he has served as the Astros Opening Day starter in each of the last four seasons. Oswalt was named the MVP of the 2005 National League Championship Series. He holds a 4-0 mark in the postseason, the most playoff wins without a loss among active pitchers.
Oswalt joins Lance Berkman at this year?s All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 11, at Pittsburgh?s PNC Park. Astros manager Phil Garner will guide the NL squad, while coaches Mark Bailey, Cecil Cooper, Jose Cruz, Gary Gaetti, Jim Hickey and Doug Mansolino will be part of the coaching staff.