Snubbed as an All-Star, is New York Yankees ace Hiroki Kuroda the premier AL pitcher today?

Although few people are watching, Hiroki Kuroda can shutdown any MLB lineup.

Surrendering only two runs over seven innings, Yankees ace Hiroki Kuroda led New York to a 5-2 victory against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon.

Sporting the second smallest ERA amongst American League starters, the 38-year-old Kuroda (9-6, 2.65 ERA) has clearly overtaken Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia as New York’s stopper.

Signing a one-year contract worth $15 million in November to resurface in Gotham, the Japanese sensation is now 66-63 with a 3.33 ERA since debuting as a Los Angeles Dodger on April 4, 2008.

Using a sinker, slider, curveball, splitter and fastball that averages around 92 mph, Kuroda is one of the primary reasons the Yankees (52-45) have survived and sit a mere six games behind Boston in the East.

New York’s standout hurler is slated to stifle the Texas Rangers later this week in Arlington.

Inexplicably not an All-Star, the dominant Hiroki Kuroda is competing with Max Scherzer, Felix Hernandez and juicehead Bartolo Colon for consideration as the premier AL pitcher today.

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