MLB All-Star Starters Announced
By Eric Lemus
Jul 9, 2012 - 1:29:21 PM
KANSAS CITY, MO—Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers and Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants were announced as MLB All-Star Game starters Monday.
At the break, Verlander is 9-5 with a 2.58 ERA with 128 strikeouts and a 0.95 WHIP in 18 starts. Cain is 9-3 with an ERA of 2.62, 118 strikeouts and a 0.96 WHIP.
Cain got the starting nod over R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets. Dickey, the knuckleballer, is having an amazing year; he is 12-1 with a 2.40 ERA, 123 strikeouts, and a 0.93 WHIP at the break. Although Dickey threw back-to-back one-hitters this year, Cain threw the first perfect game in Giants' history, and that probably was enough to get the start.
Matt Cain, P.
On the American League side, Verlander's biggest competition for the starting spot was Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver. Weaver leads the major leagues with a 1.96 ERA and 0.90 WHIP at the All-Star break. Weaver is 10-1 with 73 strikeouts, but has only pitched in 17 games after he sat out for a few starts with an injury.
Justin Verlander, P.
Texas Rangers manager, Ron Washington, who is helming his second straight All-Star game probably chose Verlander over Weaver because Washington gave Weaver the start in the 2011 All-Star Game.
The 2012 MLB All Star Game will air live from Kansas City Tuesday at 5PM on Fox 11.
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