Cubs’ Wood, Sox’ Crain and Sale selected to MLB All-Star Game
SUN-TIMES STAFF July 6, 2013 5:52PM
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Updated: July 6, 2013 11:08PM
The Cubs’ Travis Wood and the White Sox’ Jesse Crain and Chris Sale were selected for the All-Star Game on July 16 at Citi Field in New York.
Wood is only 5-6, but his ERA is 2.69 and his WHIP is 0.98. He leads the majors with 16 quality starts, one ahead of the Phillies’ Cliff Lee and the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright.
“This guy pitches like he’s 6-foot-6, 230 pounds out there,” Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio said. “He’s got a presence about him. He may be 5-9, 5-10, but he pitches a lot bigger than he is, and that’s because he has confidence. He’s got confidence in the stuff that he has, and confidence in the scouting report that’s laid out for him.”
Wood hasn’t won since May 30 (an 8-3 victory over the White Sox), but he has seven consecutive quality starts. In 110 1/3 innings, Wood has struck out 80 and walked only 33.
It will be the first appearance for Crain, a right-handed reliever who was voted on by the players.
“Hearing that … I’m speechless on that,” Crain said of being a players’ choice. “I play the game because I love it. For everyone to vote that way, they obviously respect what I do out there, and that means a lot.”
The players couldn’t look past Crain’s 0.74 ERA and his scoreless-appearance streak of 29 games. The Twins’ Glen Perkins was named to take Crain’s spot on the American League roster because of Crain’s shoulder injury.
Crain, who is not with the team in St. Petersburg, Fla., because of his injury, got the news from Sox traveling secretary Ed Cassin.
“When Ed gave me the news, I was close to tears,” Crain said. “I was sitting with my wife and family, and it was unbelievable. Being an All-Star is something you will always have in your career, and it never can be taken away.”
Sale was an All-Star in his first full year as a starter in 2012. He hasn’t won a game since May 17, but that’s mainly because of poor run support. The lefty is 0-6 in his last seven starts with a 3.10 ERA. He has received a total of nine runs of support in that span.