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MLB All-Star Game: 5 Reasons Why Adam Wainwright Should Start for NL

MLB All-Star Game: 5 Reasons Why Adam Wainwright Should Start for NL

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Starting pitchers in the National League this season have been simply unbelievable. As a result, NL All-Star team manager Mike Matheny has a very difficult decision to make regarding which pitcher will start the midsummer classic. With so many great options, Matheny really cannot go wrong, but the ace of his St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff, Adam Wainwright, would be the best possible selection. Here are five reasons why this is the case.

5. Model of Consistency

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5. Model of Consistency

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In 2014, Wainwright has recorded a quality start in 14 of his 17 starts. On top of this impressive statistic, Wainwright has allowed zero earned runs in eight of his 17 starts, completed three games and pitched two shut outs. Wainwright’s ability to shut opposing batters down completely on a consistent basis makes him an ideal candidate for a game that determines home field advantage in the World Series.

4. 11 Wins; Tied for First in NL

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4. 11 Wins; Tied for First in NL

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Wainwright currently is tied with three other pitchers for a share of the NL lead in wins this season. Wainwright’s 11 wins also rank second, only to Masahiro Tanaka’s 12 in the MLB this season. Starting a proven winner in the All-Star Game is never a poor choice.

3. 1.89 ERA; First in MLB

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3. 1.89 ERA; First in MLB

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Wainwright currently leads the entire MLB in arguably the most important pitching statistic, ERA. While a pitcher cannot control his win total, he is able to control how many earned runs are scored against him. Allowing, on average, the fewest earned runs per nine innings in the MLB is already impressive, but producing a sub-2.00 ERA is in a completely different league.

2. Yadier Molina is Starting Catcher for NL

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2. Yadier Molina is Starting Catcher for NL

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Wainwright has had the luxury of having the best defensive catcher in the MLB call his games his entire career. Since Molina knows Wainwright’s strengths and tendencies, he is the perfect player to catch for him during the All-Star Game. Allowing Wainwright to work alongside his career-long battery mate would give the NL the best opportunity to get off to a strong start against a formidable AL lineup.

1. Best Pitcher in NL in 2014

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1. Best Pitcher in NL in 2014

Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
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While Clayton Kershaw has been remarkable this season, it is hard to argue with statistical evidence. In the first half of the 2014 season, Wainwright has recorded a 4.2 WAR, second to only Masahiro Tanaka in the MLB among starting pitchers. His top-5 ERA, WHIP, IP and BAA prove that Wainwright has not only been the ace of the St. Louis Cardinals, but the ace of the MLB so far this season.

Robert Reidell is a Contributing Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.