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Justin Verlander is unlikely to pitch in the All-Star Game

Jun 23, 2013, 2:38 PM EST

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Tigers ace Justin Verlander has a 3.72 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 92 innings this season, so he might not get invited to the 2013 All-Star Game anyway.

If he is invited, he almost certainly won’t pitch.

As noted by James Schmehl of MLive.com, Verlander is penciled in to make his final first-half start on Sunday, July 14, just two days before the July 16 Midsummer Classic at New York’s Citi Field. Per the Major League Baseball rulebook, starting pitchers used that Sunday are not be eligible to pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night. So it would take some kind of change in the Tigers’ schedule for the situation to change.

Verlander started the 2012 All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and allowed five earned runs in the first inning to the National League. The American League wound up losing that game by a score of 8-0.

  1. lyon810 - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Hasn’t been the same since he and Kate split up

  2. sparty0n - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    But he could still bat in the home run derby!

  3. historiophiliac - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    I think V could use a break.

  4. flamethrower101 - Jun 23, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Unless the rules changed again, this post is wrong. A rule change last year allowed pitchers who pitched on the Sunday before the ASB to pitch no more than 1 inning in the All-Star Game.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jun 23, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    He has not pitched well enough to make the All Star team.

    • deep64blue - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      It’s the “All-Star Game” not the “All-first few weeks of the Season Game”, Verlander is a no-doubter All-Star in the AL.

  6. Minoring In Baseball - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    The break will do him some good. With how deep the Tigers have made it into the playoffs he last couple of seasons, his arm has logged many innings. The break might help out his seond half.

    http://minoringinbaseball.com/

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