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Justin Verlander will get the All-Star start for the American League

Jul 9, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

Justin Verlander Reuters

Jon Paul Morosi reports that Ron Washington is going to give the ball to Justin Verlander to start Tuesday night’s All-Star Game. It will become official at a news conference later today.

My memory kind of stinks, but I was surprised to read that this was his first one. I figured that he had to have started last year after being Superman and everything, but he started on the Sunday before the All-Star Game last season and thus was but a spectator.

Nice honor for a guy who, despite having a 9-5 record with a 2.58 ERA and a WHIP of 0.950 has seemed almost overlooked at times this season.

  1. jarathen - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Good for Verlander. He’s become so good that people take his greatness for granted.

    And if it means less pitches thrown by Weaver, hey, I’ll take it. It’s an honor to start, sure, but honor doesn’t count as rest.

  2. darthicarus - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Totally deserved for Justin IMO as a biased Tigers fan. Just hoping he doesn’t hire a Metro Car to get him to/from the stadium.

  3. dawgpoundmember - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    dont forget he took a no hitter into the 9th inning again this year

    • jarathen - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      So did Jered Weaver. Took one out of it, too.

  4. dracko19 - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    JV = STUD. Hope he comes out in the first inning with his soft cheese (93 mph) and then finishes it off in the 2nd with 101.

  5. Detroit Michael - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    As a biased Tiger fan, I’d rather have Verlander pitch both the games before and after the All-Star Game like last year, since those games actually do count.

  6. deaninajijic - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    And Weavers 10-1 with a 1.96 ERA. Guess Ron doesn’t want home field advantage so the Rangers can lose the World Series for a 3rd time if they get there..

  7. zacksdad - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Why all the thumbs down when someone mentions that Jered Weaver is having a better season. Even Craig fails to mention others that could have it more deserving.

    I guess they gave it to him because last year he could not do it. Seems like the Oscars, they give out awards because previous years someone was slighted.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      Jered Weaver is having a better season

      Not necessarily, their peripheral stats are similar, but Verlander has far more IP:

      Verlander – 132.2IP, 8.68 K/9, 2.04 BB/9, 0.75 HR/9, .246 BABIP, 2.58 ERA, 2.94 FIP, 3.8 fWAR
      Weaver – 96.2 IP, 6.80 K/9, 2.04 BB/9, 0.47 HR/9, .223 BABIP, 1.96 ERA, 2.94 FIP, 2.6 fWAR

      It’s close, but I’d take the 26 IP gap from Verlander with a better K rate and the same FIP.

      • Jeremy T - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:01 PM

        Gasp! You left off W-L, the most important stat of all!

        (hopefully this isn’t needed, but… /sarcasm)

      • argh33 - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:47 AM

        More innings… That’s all you got? Weaver was on the DL. If he played as many games as verlander(18) than he would have gotten about 115-117 innings. That means weaver would have pitched an averaged of 6.41 innings per start. Verlander averaged 7.34, that’s a difference of less than an inning per start. There are over 30 pitchers in the AL alone that have more innings than weaver, you’re gonna tell me guys like Derek Lowe, ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin santan, Bartolo colon and so on have an advantage on weaver cause they pitched more innings than him. The point is you are correct in saying their stats are close, but giving the edge to verlander because he has more innings pitched is just wrong. Even in the stats you posted, weaver has the edge in most except for innings( which I’ve already mentioned) And K’s/9 innings… Hmm we’re talking about an all star lineup, these guys don’t just strikeout, they can hit. So that stat doesn’t matter too much. Here’s a better stat; a starter in the all star game is expected to pitch two innings or 6 outs. Four out of the first SIX(two innings/six outs) batters are batting left handed. Verlander facing left handed batters are hitting .198 avg with 5 HR. against weaver left handed hitters are hitting .170 avg with 3 HRs.

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