Baseball
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.


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Matt Cain, P.
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.










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Justin Verlander, 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.










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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