Russell says Meek deserves All-Star bid


Evan Meek laughed when asked if he was trying to make a last-minute push in All-Star game voting with his performance on Thursday night.

OK, so obviously he wasn’t thinking about Anaheim when he was striking out Ryan Howard in the eighth en route to his second scoreless inning of relief in the Pirates’ 3-2 win. But could the 27-year-old right-hander be at Angel Stadium in less than two weeks?

Manager John Russell certainly thinks he should be.

“This guy has gotten great accolades from around the league,” Russell said. “Players know him, managers know him, he’s not fun to hit off of. From what he’s done the first half of the year, he should be a shoo-in in my opinion because what he’s done for us and to opposing teams is phenomenal.”

Meek, who lowered his ERA back under 1.00 to 0.98 tonight, said the thought of going to the All-Star Game has crossed his mind, but he hasn’t given it a whole lot of thought.

“It would be an honor to go but other than that I’m just trying to keep things day-to-day, looking at the schedule and seeing what road trips we’ve got, where we’re going, and taking it from there,” he said.

Oh yeah, and that sacrifice bunt in the seventh? It was his first major league at-bat.

“It’s funny, they said if the runner gets on, bunt him over, and if not, you don’t have to swing, and I was like, ‘Wait, what?’” Meek said. “I don’t know if you saw it, but I got out there and I had the donut on the bat and I was swinging a little bit and I went to get the donut off and I couldn’t get it. I had to hand the bat over to (Jose) Tabata to do it. Walking up to the plate I was just like man, let’s get this over with.”