In case there was any doubt that St. Louis manager Mike Matheny prefers his own guys when it comes to the All Star Game, Adam Wainwright was named the starting pitcher for the National League on Monday. The Cardinals skipper has made little bones about selecting Cardinals players (albeit deserving) to fill out the roster and his final starting decision seemed like an easy one.
Wainwright is 12-4 on the season with a 1.83 ERA and 0.91 WHIP through 138 innings pitched. Wainwright has also tossed three complete games in 19 starts to go along with an impressive 115/27 strikeout to walk ratio. Wainwright has become the face of the Cardinals franchise and is the consummate professional, but while he makes for a solid choice as N.L. starter, many fans and baseball people believe Clayton Kershaw should have gotten the nod. The Dodgers southpaw has tossed a no-hitter this season and is 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and a K/BB ratio of 126/19 through 96.1 innings pitched.
If the N.L. decision was a tough one, the same cannot be said about the American League. With a sparkling 154/25 strikeout to walk ratio, Felix Hernandez was the consensus pick from nearly every baseball writer, analyst and fan.
Hernandez is 11-2 on the season with a 2.12 ERA and 0.90 WHIP through 144.1 innings pitched. King Felix joins Randy Johnson as only the second Mariners pitcher to start an All Star Game, Johnson started for the A.L. in both 1995 and 1997. Hernandez will become the first Venezuela pitcher to start an MLB All Star Game.