5 Pitchers Who Could Potentially Start For The National League In 2016 All-Star Game

By Bryan Zarpentine

At this point in the season, most starting pitchers only have six or seven starts under their belt. But that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to start thinking about the 2016 MLB All-Star Game. The competition for the privilege to start the game will be fierce, with several worthy candidates already emerging early in the season. Here are five pitchers who could get the starting nod for the National League in this year’s Midsummer Classic.

5 Pitchers Who Could Potentially Start For The National League In 2016 All-Star Game
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5. Noah Syndergaard, Mets

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Syndergaard has looked great this season, and he hasn't even been at his best in a few of his starts. With Mets manager Terry Collins making the decision, Syndergaard could be the choice if the race is tight come early July.

5. Noah Syndergaard, Mets

Syndergaard has looked great this season, and he hasn't even been at his best in a few of his starts. With Mets manager Terry Collins making the decision, Syndergaard could be the choice if the race is tight come early July.

4. Jon Lester, Cubs

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Lester has been overshadowed this year by teammate Jake Arrieta, but he's had an equally important role in the Cubs' early-season success. He's no stranger to the big stage and would make a great choice as the National League starter this summer.

4. Jon Lester, Cubs

Lester has been overshadowed this year by teammate Jake Arrieta, but he's had an equally important role in the Cubs' early-season success. He's no stranger to the big stage and would make a great choice as the National League starter this summer.

3. Kenta Maeda, Dodgers

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What a story it would be if Maeda would start the All-Star Game in his first season in the majors after coming over from Japan. It would not be an undeserved appointment either, as he has looked the part of a big league ace early in the season.

3. Kenta Maeda, Dodgers

What a story it would be if Maeda would start the All-Star Game in his first season in the majors after coming over from Japan. It would not be an undeserved appointment either, as he has looked the part of a big league ace early in the season.

2. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers

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Kershaw has to be in the conversation to start the All-Star Game. His ERA is not quite as impressive as some of the other candidates, but his strikeout rate is exceptional. That's enough to make him a leading candidate.

2. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers

Kershaw has to be in the conversation to start the All-Star Game. His ERA is not quite as impressive as some of the other candidates, but his strikeout rate is exceptional. That's enough to make him a leading candidate.

1. Jake Arrieta, Cubs

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It'll be hard for anyone prove they are more deserving of a start in the All-Star Game than Arrieta. His dominance the second half of last year has carried over, and Arrieta looks like he could be the best pitcher in baseball this season.

1. Jake Arrieta, Cubs

It'll be hard for anyone prove they are more deserving of a start in the All-Star Game than Arrieta. His dominance the second half of last year has carried over, and Arrieta looks like he could be the best pitcher in baseball this season.

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