Congrats to Joakim Soria for being named to the all-star team. It's very nice that he isn't just a token Royals representative (cough, Redman, cough) because he is one of the best closers in the American League.
Here is how he ranks with the other top closers in the AL, all of them all-stars.
My gut feeling is that he will get the Meche treatment and not make an appearance which would be a shame. I imagine he will be the 5th option when he should be the 2nd or 3rd. I realize that four of these guys are established closers but Soria's stats are just sick and he at least should get to face a batter or two.
|The final American League roster spot, as decided by the Monster 2008 All-Star Final Vote, will be contested among outfielder Jermaine Dye of the White Sox; first baseman Jason Giambi of the Yankees; outfielder Jose Guillen of the Royals; third baseman Evan Longoria of the Rays; and second baseman Brian Roberts of the Orioles.|
I would rather have seen DDJ up for this spot but it's not like a Royal will win anyway. My guess is it will be Dye or Longoria.