From the Star:
Royals pitcher Zack Greinke will not be the starter in the All-Star Game, The Star has learned. The Blue Jays' Roy Halladay will start for the American League squad in the game, which is Tuesday in St. Louis. Greinke is 10-5 with a 2.12 ERA that ranks as the best in the American League. Halladay is 10-3 with a 2.85 ERA.
And so Joe Maddon denies us the one bit of good news we were expecting to hear about the Royals possibly for the rest of the season. Well, I was expecting it at least. Zack is having one of the greatest starts in history, but I guess being rumored to be traded to the Phillies is more important than pitching well. There is no reason that Zack shouldn't at least get this small reward for pitching his ass off for an awful team. He's literally better across the entire board than Halladay except for losing two more times (which is due only to the two pitchers' respective teams) and he's allowed four more walks. Other than that, he's won the same number of games, his ERA is lower, he's struck out more batters, he's pitched more innings, had fewer hit batters and wild pitches, and also thrown more complete games and shutouts.
I know it's not really a big deal, but there is absolutely no reason but ignorance for Zack to be getting snubbed here. If I were him, when I was eventually put into the game, I'd just throw wild pitches into the crowd until Maddon took me out, at which point I would moonwalk out of the stadium flipping the bird with both hands, and go to Chipotle for a burrito.
I thought you were cool, Joe Maddon. I guess I was wrong.