3 Blue Jays players with the best chance at making the All-Star Game

The Blue Jays were heavily featured in the first round of All-Star Game voting, but which three players are likeliest to make it into the event?

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Starting pitcher Kevin Gausman

No disrespect to Matt Chapman, who feels like someone who could make the game but as a backup, but Kevin Gausman is a lock to make the All-Star Game thanks to his unreal start to the season.

Gausman and his lethal splitter have been astounding for the Blue Jays so far this year, and he has officially done more than enough to be considered the staff ace. Through 17 outings in 2023, the 32-year-old is 7-4 with a 3.01 ERA, MLB-leading 2.54 FIP and a 136 ERA+. His 139 strikeouts lead all American League pitchers and he has brought his H/9 down considerably from last season, which is shocking given how dominant he was in 2022.

Gausman currently sits in the 93rd percentile in K% and 82nd in BB%, while also inducing swings and misses with the best of them. The aforementioned splitter of his has allowed just a .184 batting average this year and he has barely allowed any hard contact off of it. As a matter of fact, his 12.3 HC% is in the 82nd percentile amongst pitchers around the league, as "average" is all the way at 26%.

As is the case with Bichette and Guerrero, there's a shot that Gausman finds a way to start the All-Star Game for the American League. The fact that he leads the league in both FIP and SIERA suggests that he's done the best job in the league at doing everything he possibly can to keep the opposition off of the scoreboard, which one would think is the biggest indicator of being "worthy" to start the Midsummer Classic.

Shane McClanahan (Rays), Framber Valdez (Astros), Sonny Gray (Twins) or even Shohei Ohtani (Angels) are all other options that could earn the starting nod, but don't count Gausman out just yet.

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