Yankees: Five players who are on track to make this year’s All-Star Game

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NEW YORK, NY – MAY 5: Domingo German #55 of the New York Yankees points to the stands as he exits the game against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium on May 5, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) /

Numbers: 8-1, 2.50 ERA, 50.1 IP, 52 K’s, .179 OPP BA, 0.95 WHIP

Domingo German is not only on his way to his first All-Star game selection but right now there’s a decent chance we could see him start the game for the AL. Outside of maybe Justin Verlander there isn’t a starter in the AL more deserving than him.

After picking up another win on Wednesday German now leads baseball with 8 on the season and is fourth in OPP BA and eighth in WHIP. German has always had the stuff to be a successful big league starter but this year’s he’s put it all together on a consistent basis. The key for Domingo has been his ability to pound the strike zone with three plus pitches (fastball, curveball, changeup). It’s allowed him to have a lot of quick innings and pitch deeper into games.

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Wednesday night he was able to finish seven innings for the first time in his career and in six of his eight starts he’s pitched at least six innings. Another key for German has been getting off to a fast start by putting up a zero in the first inning. Last season his ERA in the first inning was 8.36 and so far in 2019, it’s 1.13.

In the absence of Luis Severino, German has been a breakout star and has emerged as the ace of the staff after he wasn’t even supposed to begin the season in the starting rotation. It will be interesting to see if he can continue to pitch at this level as his inning total mounts because if he can the Yankees will be in a great position to win the AL East.