He probably deserved to be there from the start, but Jose Berrios will be attending the 2019 All-Star Game in Cleveland nonetheless.
After Jake Odorizzi hit the IL, Berrios was named his replacement on Wednesday afternoon. The young righty is 8-4 with a 2.89 ERA, and has 102 strikeouts in 112 innings. It will be the second straight appearance in the Midsummer Classic for Berrios, who was in Washington with the rest of baseball’s best last summer. He’s the first Twin to make back-to-back games since Glen Perkins in 2014-2015.
This also means that Minnesota will send two starting pitchers to the All-Star Game for the first time since 2006, when Francisco Liriano and Johan Santana hopped aboard the Dominant Lefties Train, express to PNC Park. Before that, you’d have to go back to Eric Milton and Joe Mays in 2001.
Now get Kepler in there!