Blake Treinen makes 1st All-Star squad, Jed Lowrie snubbed

A's have lone player in Midsummer Classic for 3rd year in a row

Anna Kagarakis
July 09, 2018 - 8:32 am
Blake Treinen

USA Today

For the first time in his career, Oakland A's closer Blake Treinen has been named an MLB All-Star. The right-handed reliever will head to Washington D.C. for the Midsummer Classic at Nationals Park on July 17th.

Treinen has been lights out for the A's, posting an 0.81 ERA and tallying 22 saves, good for fourth-best in the American league. His 10.88 K/9 ratio is the best of his career. His .171 opponents average is the lowest of his big league tenure. The 30-year-old was acquired in the Sean Doolittle-Ryan Madson deal with the Nationals last July. 

For now, Treinen is the only player representing Oakland, but that could change with injured Yankees second baseman, Gleyber Torres, making the AL team as a reserve. Jed Lowrie has built a compelling résumé for an All-Star nod.

"I'd let him take my place any day, because his year is incredible, as you can see today," Treinen said after Lowrie bombed home run No. 16 in the A's 6-0 win over Cleveland on Sunday. "It's just typical Jed."

 

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