Hernandez: Dodgers Clayton Kershaw Deserves All-Star Game

There was no mention of the month Clayton Kershaw spent on the injured list or how he did not throw enough innings to qualify for a spot on the average earned run leaderboard.

From point of view Catcher Dodgers Austin Barnesit was easy: Kershaw had to All-Star Game.

“I don’t think there is anyone more deserving of an All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium,” Barnes said.

Baseball can make this possible. Baseball needs to make this possible.

In fact, National League manager Brian Snitker should go one step further and appoint Kershaw as a starter.

Baseball has a chance to create a moment in a theater that is typically unscripted, and what better moment than Kershaw, 34, making his first All-Star start at home in what could be his Gym’s final season. or a career of glory?

Of course, there are pitchers with better numbers. Kershaw’s rotation partner Tony Gonsolin 10-0 and leads the majors with a 1.54 ERA. Sandy Alcantara of the Miami Marlins has a 1.95 ERA, taking on an old-school load of 115 2/3 innings, or 33 2/3 more than Gonsolin.

But if Adam Wainwright can throw a mid-summer fastball to Derek Jeter to double up in Jeter’s final All-Star Game, and if Alex Rodriguez can trade his shortstop position with Cal Ripken at Ripken’s midsummer farewell, Snitker could later pick Kershaw as his starting player. this month.

The All-Star Game is an exhibition.

There’s nothing wrong with prioritizing sentimentality over performance for something like this, as Kershaw is familiar with. His best opportunity to start the All-Star Game was in 2013 when Bruce Bochi selected Matt Harvey of the New York Mets to start at Citi Field.

Major League Baseball could use the hype. Apart from the fact that the game is taking place in Los Angeles for the first time in 42 years, there is no word about this All-Star game, like, say, Shohei Otani was in the spotlight last year.

Manager Dave Roberts mentioned that Kershaw wouldn’t want to get a charity invite, but Kershaw’s performance will take care of it, with the 34-year-old southpaw lowering his ERA to 2.57 after going through seven scoreless innings in the event. 4-2 defeat to San Diego Padres on Sunday.

If you take away his six-run failure from his previous start at Coors Field, his ERA is 1.73.

“I would like to be honored to be able to play,” Kershaw said.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw watches the game against the Colorado Rockies.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw watches the game against the Colorado Rockies during the second half on June 28 in Denver.

(Jack Dempsey/Associated Press)

As expected, any potential resistance to the idea of ​​Kershaw entering the All-Star Game came from Kershaw himself. “It’s at Dodger Stadium, I’ve been here for a long time, I understand all this,” Kershaw said, “but I don’t want to take anyone’s place more worthy than me … especially if this guy is on my team.”

Gonsolin is a castle. Julio Urias should also be. Tyler Anderson could have really made a name for himself with a couple more strong starts before the All-Star break.

This is where MLB needs to use common sense. Some All-Star pitchers and reservists are chosen by the players, while others are chosen by the commissioner’s office. Surely Rob Manfred can find a way to put Kershaw on the NL roster without penalizing Gonsolin or Urias.

After all, the game takes place in Los Angeles.

This city has seen Kershaw go from a precocious 20-year-old to the most decorated pitcher of his generation. This city watched it stumble in the postseason and finally win the World Series in its 13th season.

In the series finale against the Padres, Kershaw delivered a performance that brought back memories of his more dominant days as he limited the Padres to four hits and a walk.

In the third inning, he conceded a lead double for first place. 9th hitter José Azocar, who advanced to third base after Yurikson Profar hit. With a game in the infield, Kershaw forced MVP candidate Manny Machado to hit the grounder to shortstop Trea Turner, who nailed Azocar at home. Jake Cronenworth entered left field to finish the pitch.

“He just seems to bounce back after the bad ones,” Barnes said.

If Kershaw stays in line, he’ll make his next start on Friday against the Cubs. His last start before the All-Star break was scheduled for July 14 against St. Louis. Louis Cardinals.

The All-Star Game will take place five days after that.