Clayton Kershaw will replace Max Scherzer on the National League All-Star Game roster. The Dodgers pitcher was the leading vote-getter among Natonal League pitchers on the players’ ballot among NL pitchers who weren’t already on the roster.
Scherzer, who is pitching today for the Nationals, will be inactive during the All-Star Game, but is invited to Cincinnati with full All-Star honors.
Kershaw (6-6, 2.85 ERA) is an All-Star for the fifth consecutive season. In 123 innings pitched over 18 starts this season, he’s surrendered 45 runs (39 earned) on 99 hits with 27 walks and 160 strikeouts.
He joins teammates Adrian Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal, Zack Greinke and Joc Pederson on the NL roster.
Manager Don Mattingly said he has an idea of who will start during the Dodgers’ three-game series after the All-Star break in Washington, D.C. He wouldn’t share that idea with the media — Mattingly said he still had to inform the pitchers themselves — so the important takeaway here is that it doesn’t depend on what happens in the All-Star Game.
Zack Greinke is on the National League roster and might start the game, particularly after Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer withdrew his name from consideration Saturday.
Clayton Kershaw is not on the National League roster. After he lost the “Final Vote” on Friday, the only way Kershaw makes it to Cincinnati is as a replacement.
If Kershaw replaces Scherzer, who was voted in by the players, it can only happen if Kershaw garnered the most votes among players of any NL pitcher not currently on the All-Star roster. (If Scherzer had been added to the roster by NL manager Bruce Bochy, Bochy would have the choice of who replaces Scherzer).
Anyway, Kershaw could play or miss the game entirely, and Greinke could start or relieve, and the Dodgers’ post-All-Star break rotation is still set in Mattingly’s mind.
The manager has already said he wanted to split Kershaw and Greinke’s turns in the rotation so they don’t pitch back-to-back as they have throughout the first half.
Clayton Kershaw struck out a season-high 13 batters in pitching his first complete game and his first shutout of the season. (John McCoy/Daily News)
Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said in five words about Clayton Kershaw what I wasted 687 words on in my game story: “He is who he is.”
The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Prior to the game, Yimi Garcia was sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City — an unfathomable thought about two months ago.