Addison Reed has 17 saves in 18 opportunities this season. AP PHOTO
If Addison Reed keeps it up, he will force himself into consideration for the American League All-Star team.
Granted, the game is six weeks away, but Reed is building a nice resume ranking second in the AL with 17 saves and fourth in save percentage (he has failed on one opportunity). His ERA is 1.96, a significant drop from 4.75 during his rookie year when he converted 29 of 33 for a pennant-contending team.
"It would be awesome,'' Reed said. "Obviously you don't play to make an All-Star team, you play to win a World Series. But it's something on the side you hope to look back at when your career is over and say, 'That was special, that was cool to do.' ''
The Sox have won only six games that Reed (1-0) hasn't saved or won. Reed said he probably has watched every All-Star game since his childhood and would be blown away by participating, but the 2013 game isn't on his mind now.
"It's honestly nothing that has crossed my mind at this point,'' Reed said. "It probably will when the All-Star lineups are announced. Trying not to think about it because it's just one more thing to think about, and I'm better off when I don't think about anything except going out there to pitch. If it happens it would be really cool, and if it doesn't I'm not going to cry about it.''
Mariano Rivera (18-for-19, 1.86) is a lock to make the team in his final year. Joe Nathan (16-for-17, 2.26) and Reed make the next-best cases right now. There are other closers having good years, and it's early.
"If I'm having an All-Star type year that means I'm doing whatever I can to make this team better, so making the All-Star team would have a sense of accomplishment,'' Reed said.