Simon sporting All-Star-worthy credentials

Simon sporting All-Star-worthy credentials

SAN DIEGO -- As Sunday's scheduled revealing of the All-Star Game rosters approaches, it will be interesting to see if Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon is rewarded for his first-half performance. Simon is tied for the National League lead in wins with a 10-3 record while posting a 2.81 ERA in 16 starts. At 102 2/3 innings pitched, he's only 13 innings away from tying his career high.

Simon, who was moved from the Reds bullpen after two strong seasons to replace an injured Mat Latos during Spring Training, kept his spot even after Latos returned. The last time he had started was 2011 for the Orioles, when he was 3-8 with a 4.96 ERA in 16 starts.

In his last start, Saturday at San Francisco, Simon received a no-decision after he allowed one earned run and three hits over seven innings with only 80 pitches. That left him unbeaten over his last six starts.

While fans are unable to cast a vote for Simon, eight Reds position players remain eligible for election, including third baseman Todd Frazier, second baseman Brandon Phillips and catcher Devin Mesoraco.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15, on FOX.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.