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Jurrjens' case for All-Star starter strengthens

Posted on: July 6, 2011 10:39 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 10:52 pm

By Matt Snyder

Jair Jurrjens should be named the National League's starting pitcher by manager Bruce Bochy for Tuesday's All-Star Game. The pitcher who makes the most sense deserves it the most, which doesn't always happen in terms of starting pitchers in the annual game, but Jurrjens fits the bill after another dazzling outing Wednesday night.

The Braves' righty has more than made up for missing a few starts due to injury earlier this season. Wednesday, he became the first pitcher in the NL to hit 12 wins as he stifled the Rockies en route to a 9-1 Braves' victory. In 16 starts, Jurrjens is now 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and is averaging seven innings a start, having recently recorded his first career shutout. Jurrjens has also been very consistent; 14 of his 16 outings have been quality starts, and the two that weren't were close.

If you don't believe in Jurrjens' resume -- and c'mon, you should -- look at how much sense it makes in terms of logistics. Jurrjens' normal turn for a start would be Monday, and the All-Star Game comes Tuesday. He can throw a few innings and then come back Saturday after Tommy Hanson gets a start Friday. Meanwhile, Cole Hamels of the Phillies is ineligible to pitch in the game Tuesday because he's starting Sunday for the Phillies. Other candidates would be Clayton Kershaw and Roy Halladay. Jurrjens has had a much better year than Kershaw to this point. You could make the case for Halladay over Jurrjens -- as my colleague C. Trent Rosecrans did earlier this week -- but neither the Phillies nor Halladay really want Doc starting. No reason to force it, then.

Simply put, Bochy's choice should now be easy. It's Jurrjens all the way.

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Jurrjens' case for All-Star starter strengthens

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Since: Feb 23, 2011
Posted on: July 7, 2011 5:11 pm

Jurrjens' case for All-Star starter strengthens

I wonder if Fox or MLB or both will try to pressure him to take Halladay so they have one of the big guns going.  Even though Jurrgens is a great up and coming pitcher, just doesn't seem like a sexy choice.  Worthy, yes, but doesn't feel like an all star game starter like Halladay does.  

Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: July 6, 2011 11:06 pm

Jurrjens' case for All-Star starter strengthens

I agree he has earned the start, but I don't really care either way.  Halladay will be on 3 days rest and will most likely start and pitch 2 innings.  Braves picked up a game on the phillies toninght,thanks fighting fish.  Big series starts this weekend, Batters need to show up, I believe JJ and Huddy get skipped this series.

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