Bochy picked the Mets’ Matt Harvey instead. Kershaw told reporters Monday, “It hurts.”
Oh, waah! Cry me a river.
Yes, Kershaw is the best NL pitcher in the game today. His numbers in the past 2½ years warrant starting, but Bochy instead chose to pick a young hot pitcher to start a game in his home park, the Mets’ Citi Field.
Is that really such a sin? Yes, Kershaw probably deserves to start, but considering Harvey likely will pitch only an inning (and so will Kershaw), is it really such a big whoop?
If this game really was about rewarding the best, you wouldn’t have it at midseason, which means some guys get in the game because of only a great half-season. In addition, fans vote for the starters in the field, which means at least one or two not-so-deserving guys will make the lineup.
Kershaw, who has a 1.98 ERA, has a shot at the end of the year to win an honor that’s so much more meaningful than any honor he could receive at midseason – his second Cy Young Award in three years. If he does that, will anybody stand around and say, “Yeah, but he didn’t start the All-Star Game.”
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