Clayton Kershaw’s trip to the disabled list isn’t just the Dodgers’ problem.
With Kershaw taking a seat in the middle of a potential record season because of a back injury, Mets manager Terry Collins must look elsewhere for a starting pitcher when he manages the National League in All-Star Game on July 12 in San Diego.
“There’s five, probably, really, really legitimate names that could start the game and deserve to start the game,” Collins said. “Clayton was one of those names.”
Collins will get a good look at a few of those players this weekend when Cubs starters Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester take the mound. Lester entered Friday at third in the NL with a 2.03 ERA, and Arrieta was just one spot back with a 2.10 mark. (Kershaw leads the majors with a 1.79 ERA)
“I can tell you Jake is right near the top of the list, Jon is right there too,” Collins said.
Other names under consideration by Collins include Giants starters Johnny Cueto, who entered Thursday 11-1 with a pair of shutouts this year, and Madison Bumgarner (9-4, 2.20 ERA).
Collins also likes his own pitcher, Noah Syndergaard, as a potential choice, and Miami’s Jose Fernandez may enter the conversation, but Collins feels comfortable where he is in the selection process.
Said Collins, “I kind of feel like I know who’s going to start the game.”