Scott Downs didn't make the American League All-Star team and wasn't picked as a candidate for the fans' final vote to select the last member of the American League squad. That went to his Angels bullpen mate, Ernesto Frieri.
In a way, that's a shame. Downs could make a good case for himself based on the season he's having.
Downs is one of those guys who works in relative anonymity in the bullpen. He's played for four teams in 11 years (including the long-deceased Montreal Expos) and has never approached All-Star status.
Closers become stars. Downs, 36, is just a left-handed reliever, a situational pitcher whose primary job is to get out left-handed hitters. He's done that and more this season.
In the Angels' 3-0 win over the Cleveland Indians, Downs picked up the final six outs to save the game for starter Jered Weaver, whose seven shutout innings lowered his ERA to an American League-leading 2.13.
Downs did it impressively, coming into the game after Weaver gave up leadoff s...