Possible MLB 2013 All-Star Game starters
With two months of baseball almost behind us, the best pitchers in the majors are beginning to separate themselves from the pack. Here are a few that might find themselves on the Citi Field mound in the 2013 All-Star Game this July.
JORDAN ZIMMERMANN (WAS)
8-2, 1.71 ERA, 46 SO, 0.869 WHIP
Despite the immense spotlight on Stephen Strasburg entering 2013, Zimmermann has been the ace of the Washington pitching staff. Zimmermann leads the majors with three complete games and also has one shutout.
MATT HARVEY (NYM)
5-0, 1.85 ERA, 84 SO, 0.821 WHIP
The 24-year-old phenom has been brilliant in his first full season with the Mets. Harvey has kept runners off base early this season, leading the league in WHIP. With the All-Star Game in Queens for the first time since 1964, we may see Harvey take the mound in front of the home fans.
CLAYTON KERSHAW (LAD)
5-3, 1.68 ERA, 77 SO, 0.871 WHIP
After finishing the last two seasons with the best ERA in the NL, Kershaw is setting himself up to repeat once again. His 1.68 ERA is best in the majors and his 3.5 Wins Above Replacement is better than any pitcher or hitter in baseball.
PATRICK CORBIN (ARI) 8-0, 1.71 ERA, 56 SO, 1.024 WHIP
Corbin’s rise to the top has helped Arizona become a legitimate contender in the NL West. The 23-year-old has yet to lose in 2013 and is third in the majors in ERA.
ADAM WAINWRIGHT (STL) 7-3, 2.48 ERA, 74 SO, 1.025 WHIP
Wainwright has shown his control and discipline in 2013, walking only 0.675 batters per nine innings. The Cardinals have a strong starting five, but Wainwright remains the ace of the staff.
HYUN-JIN RYU (LAD)
6-2, 2.89 ERA, 67 SO, 1.130 WHIP
Ryu has made an immediate impact with Los Angeles after arriving from Korea this season. The rookie is finding his way in the majors and has improved as the season continues. If he continues to surge, his name will be in the mix come July.
CLAY BUCHHOLZ (BOS)
7-0, 1.73 ERA, 73 SO, 1.046 WHIP
Buchholz has been the epitome of dominance in 2013. He has yet to lose through ten starts and leads the AL in ERA. He has also managed to keep the ball in the park, allowing only two home runs this season.
MATT MOORE (TB)
8-0, 2.21 ERA, 56 SO, 1.098 WHIP
After an 11-11 season in 2012, Matt Moore has hit his stride in Tampa Bay. The 22-year-old leads the AL in wins and hits per nine innings and is second in ERA.
HISASHI IWAKUMA (SEA)
5-1, 2.35 ERA, 69 SO, 0.839 WHIP
Iwakuma moved from the bullpen to the Mariners starting rotation last July and, although he started slow, he has found his groove in 2013. His WHIP is best in the AL and he is tenth with 69 strikeouts over 11 starts.
MAX SCHERZER (DET)
7-0, 3.42 ERA, 81 SO, 0.922 WHIP
The hard-throwing Scherzer has yet to lose in 2013. His 81 strikeouts are good for third in the AL.
YU DARVISH (TEX)
7-2, 3.03 ERA, 105 SO, 0.955 WHIP
Darvish has been puzzling hitters since he joined the majors in 2012, but he has been especially tough to hit this season. Through 11 starts, Darvish leads the majors with 105 strikeouts, 23 more than the next best. His 0.955 WHIP is fourth in the AL.
JUSTIN MASTERSON (CLE)
7-3, 3.20 ERA, 76 SO, 1.132 WHIP
Masterson has shown flashes of brilliance for the Indians. He is the only pitcher in baseball with two shutouts this season and he is sixth in the AL in strikeouts.
HIROKI KURODA (NYY)
6-3, 2.39 ERA, 46 SO, 1.005 WHIP
Kuroda has been the most consistent starter for the Yankees. He has eight quality starts and his WHIP is fifth in the AL.