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Adam Wainwright will not pitch in the All-Star Game

Jul 6, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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Mets right-hander Matt Harvey was already the logical favorite to start for the National League since the All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field in New York this year, but this news pretty much seals it.

According to Jenifer Langosch of, the Cardinals have rearranged their rotation so that ace right-hander Adam Wainwright will start two times before the All-Star break. Because he’s now lined up to pitch next Sunday, he will not pitch in the All-Star Game two days later. The American League squad will be happy to hear that.

Wainwright was arguably Harvey’s biggest competition for the starting assignment, as he’s 11-5 with a 2.36 ERA and 117/13 K/BB ratio over 133 2/3 innings this season. Clayton Kershaw, Cliff Lee, Jordan Zimmermann, and Patrick Corbin are also having excellent seasons, but it’s hard to see Giants manager Bruce Bochy going with anyone other than Harvey at this point.

  1. flamethrower101 - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Am I missing something? I thought the rules were changed last year so any pitcher that starts the Sunday before the ASB is eligible to pitch in the ASG provided the team and the All-Star team manager agree on a pitch limit.

  2. natslady - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    How mean of the Cards to put their pennant race ahead of an exhibition game.

    • wonkypenguin - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      I agree! Why aren’t they helping their friends in Pittsburgh secure home field advantage? :-)

  3. missingdiz - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    I’m not sure I know what the All-Star game is for anymore. Back in the day, the leagues were almost two different planets (of course, black guys, Latinos, and everybody else were even more remotely located in the baseball universe). It was interesting. But now, with inter-league play, with guys getting traded back and forth from one league to the other, what’s the point? Except somebody will make some money, of course. I’m a traditionalist, and it’s always been there, but WTF?

  4. okwhitefalcon - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Good to hear, zero interest in the ASG here beyond the “This one counts” (barf) train wreck aspect.

    Cards need every start Waino can give them at this point, the past month or so hasn’t been pretty for the rest of the starting staff.

  5. beerjunkie - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Great move by the Cards. ASG is a joke anyway.

  6. stlouis1baseball - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Welcome news! I wasn’t thrilled about him pitching anyway. The Pitching staff needs all there rest it can get.

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