09 July 2012

Justin Verlander, Matt Cain to start 2012 MLB All-Star Game

According to a variety of reports, the starters for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, tomorrow night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, will be Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander for the American League and San Francisco Giants starter Matt Cain for the National League.

Did the managers get it right? Here is my analysis.

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington made one of the more easier decisions of his career in selecting Verlander to be the starter for the Junior Circuit. Although there have been many pitchers in the AL that have been tremendous, Verlander has been the clear best. Hence the reason why I gave him the AL Cy Young in my midseason awards.

I also think my NL Cy Young winner should be starting. That man is Mets starter R.A. Dickey, who has been the best pitcher in the National League this season. Yes, Cain has been awesome and that perfecto was one of the finest pitching performances in baseball history. But let's just be honest, Dickey has been the better starter thus far this season. Dickey has more wins (12 to 9), less losses (1 to 3), a lower ERA (2.40 to 2.62), more complete games (3 to 2), allowed less hits (86 to 91), given up less homers (9 to 12), lower WHIP (.933 to .956), fewer hits per nine innings (6.5 to 6.8), fewer homers per nine (0.7 to 0.9) and more strikeouts per nine (9.2 to 8.8). Dickey should be the one taking the hill at the bottom of the first inning, as opposed to Cain.

But then again, a bold guarantee that I was sure I would get wrong, one that I made at a Yankees-Mets game a month ago, has come true though. Always go with your gut.

Always go with your gut.

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