By Max Zelenko on July 7, 2014
With MLB all-star rosters recently announced, it is pretty evident that the National League is going to have their work cut out for them if they want one of their teams gaining home-field advantage for the World Series. Top to bottom, the American League has a distinct advantage, possibly with an exception at some of the pitching spots. Here are the rankings of pitchers on the NL squad participating in the Midsummer Classic.
The lone Padre heading to Minnesota has received minimal run support this season. However, with a 2.93 ERA combined with the rule that one player from every team needs to be part of this game, Ross is deserving of his first all-star bid.
At 33-years-old, Neshek is appearing in his first all-star game and it is much deserved. Sporting a 2.00 ERA, Neshek has been a gem for St. Louis in 2014.
Another first timer, Watson has been almost unhittable with a 0.89 ERA. The fact that the NL selected a couple relief pitchers who are not closers could prove beneficial for them if the game is close in the later innings.
Teheran is an extremely deserving selection, after taking Jeff Samardzija’s spot. His 8-5 record, 2.29 ERA, and 108 strikeouts are easily the reason why he was picked for his first all-star game. The 23-year-old should be back in this game for years to come.
Making his second consecutive all-star appearance, Zimmerman is a big reason why the Nationals are in the thick of things in the NL East.
Everybody loves a good redemption story, and this guy is a perfect example of one. Believe it or not, this will be Rodriguez’s fifth all-star game, but first since 2009.
Appearing in his second straight Midsummer Classic, he was voted in as a result of his performance from May and June. Going 7-2 during those two months, Bumgarner needs to get back to that type of play if the Giants want to be competing for the World Series.
After taking a liner to the face in spring training, Chapman has rebounded nicely. He has 17 saves, in limited action.
One of the most underrated players in baseball, Cueto is extremely deserving of his first all-star bid. He hasn’t had an ERA over 3.00 for four seasons and is at a 1.99 ERA thus far in 2014.
The Dodgers are getting their money’s worth from Greinke. This will be his second all-star game, and first since 2009.
If the NL have a lead in the ninth inning, Kimbrel will be given the ball to try and solidify home-field advantage for the National League.
Entering his third all-star game, Wainwright will be in contention to start at Target Field, partly as a result of his manager being at the helm for the NL.
Arguably the best pitcher in baseball, Kershaw is the likely candidate to start for the National League. He is currently on a ridiculous 36 inning scoreless streak.
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