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Clayton Kershaw: Matt Harvey should start All-Star Game

Matt Harvey of the Mets pitches against the

Matt Harvey of the Mets pitches against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (June 28, 2013) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

The debate about whether Matt Harvey should start the All-Star Game is moot. At least to Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, the pitcher most frequently mentioned as an alternative to Harvey.

“He should,” Kershaw told FOXSports.com. “There’s no reason, especially if it’s in New York, that he shouldn’t start. That’s what the fans will want. I’ve got no problem with that.”

By traditional measures, Kershaw has better stats than Harvey. Kershaw is 8-5 with a 1.89 ERA while Harvey is 7-2 with a 2.27 ERA.

But advanced measures show Harvey to be the superior pitcher. Here's how the pitcher's compare by both old-school and new-school metrics:

  Matt Harvey Clayton Kershaw
Wins 7 8
Losses 2 5
ERA 2.27 1.89
WHIP 0.91 0.90
Strikeouts 141 129
Walks 27 34
FIP 2.27 2.62
xFIP 2.09 3.24
WAR 4.3 3.6

WAR is an advanced stat measuring a player's total value over a replacement at his position. The higher the better with that metric. FIP and xFIP are advanced stats that measure a pitcher's success in an ERA-like number. FIP focusses on the elements a pitcher can control - walks, strikeouts and home runs - while xFIP normalizes the home rate to league average.

Harvey has a chance to improve on those numbers Monday night when he starts against Tim Lincecum in San Francisco.

Tags: Clayton Kershaw , Matt Harvey , Los Angeles Dodgers , Mets , All-Star Game

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