After being deemed ineligible to start last year’s All-Star Game, Justin Verlander will finally get his chance.
According to FoxSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, American League manager Ron Washington has selected Verlander to start for the AL in Tuesday’s game. And according to the New York Daily News’ John Harper, Matt Cain will get the nod for the National League.
The 2011 Cy Young winner has an ERA of 2.58 this season, tossing five complete games and averages 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The official announcement will come later Monday.
Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox his case during the first half of the year to be the AL’s starter as he currently sits second in the league in ERA (2.19) and boasts a 10-2 record.
But Verlander, also last year’s AL MVP, is on pace to lead the league for a second consecutive year in strikeouts and innings pitched.
As for the National League, Tony LaRussa has reportedly tabbed San Francisco Giants’ Matt Cain as the starter.
Source says Dickey is not starting All-Star game. Will be Cain vs. Verlander.—
John Harper (@NYDNHarper) July 09, 2012
According to Harper, Cain will get the nod over the likes of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and flamethrower Stephen Strasburg. What may have won LaRussa over was Cain’s perfect game in June, which was only the 22nd in MLB history.