Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Kershaw should dry his tears and just pitch
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
Jul 15, 2013 | 1556 views |  0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Clayton Kershaw leads the National League in ERA for the third straight year. (Associated Press photo)
Clayton Kershaw leads the National League in ERA for the third straight year. (Associated Press photo)
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National League All-Star manager Bruce Bochy has passed over the Los Angeles’ Dodgers Clayton Kershaw as the starting pitcher for this week’s game.

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.”

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Follow on Twitter @MarkSportsStar.
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