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Zack Wheeler Responds to NL All-Star Team Snub

Larry Rupp
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Zack Wheeler responded to his NL All-Star team snub.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Zack Wheeler responded to his NL All-Star team snub. / Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The full MLB All-Star Game rosters were announced on Sunday night and just like every other year, there were a few notable snubs. The Philadelphia Phillies saw sluggers Kyle Schwarber and Bryce Harper secure a spot on the team, but starting pitcher Zack Wheeler was a glaring omission.

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Wheeler isn't just having a good year. He is having a year that replicates the numbers he put up in 2021, when he finished as the NL Cy Young runner-up. The veteran isn't taking the news too hard, though. After all, it's likely Wheeler joins the team as an alternate prior to next week's festivities.

“It would have been a privilege, but it is what it is. I’ll spend time with my family.”

Zack Wheeler on All-Star snub

Making a case for Wheeler is easy. Yes, the 32-year-old got off to a poor start and posted a 8.53 ERA through his first three outings. However, he has logged a NL-best 1.53 ERA since April 28 (13 starts). Wheeler also ranks fifth among NL pitchers in ERA (2.46) and fifth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.95).

What's most important is that Wheeler gives the Phillies a great chance of winning whenever he steps onto the mound. His efforts have helped the Phillies rise up the standings and grab a hold of the final NL Wild Card spot (46-40). Next on the to-do list is ending a decade-long playoff drought in Philly.

The All-Star Game is set to take place at 8 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, July 19. For now, the Phillies have odds set at +4500 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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