It's more than appropriate that a team with a below average record and abysmal hitting should be represented by a player who has represented the good part of the 2014 San Diego Padres.
As if we need to be convinced, this is what the Padres say about him being chosen:
So far this season Ross has pitched to a 7-8 record with a 2.93 ERA (38 ER, 116.2 IP) with 111 strikeouts against 42 walks and a .228 (98-for-429) opponent batting average. Among qualifying National Leaguers he is tied for sixth in innings pitched, ranks seventh in strikeouts and has held opponents to the ninth-lowest batting average (1 inning/Team G). Entering play today, Ross has nine starts this season with 6.0-or-more innings pitched and one or fewer earned runs allowed, tied for the second-most such starts in the Majors. Additionally, he leads all qualifying Padres this year in wins, ERA, innings pitched and opponent batting average and ranks second in strikeouts.Padres MLB Blogs
Some fun facts they also posted:
- The right-hander is the 10th starting pitcher in club history to be named an All-Star, the 12th time overall a Padres starting pitcher has been selected to the team,
- Ross joins Padres all-star pitchers Jake Peavy (2005 and 2007), Chris Young (2007), Andy Ashby (1999), Kevin Brown (1998), Andy Benes (1993), LaMarr Hoyt (1985), Dave Dravecky (1983), Gaylord Perry (1979) and Randy Jones (1975-76).
- Ross is the 16th different pitcher in Padres history to be selected to the National League All-Star team
- It's the 27th time overall a pitcher has been selected and the first since Padres closer Huston Street represented the club in 2012