The great debate about who would start the All-Star Game has raged on for the better part of two weeks. There are many guys deserving of the nod this year, but Dodgers fans felt like they had two very strong candidates. Between Tony Gonsolin and Clayton Kershaw, you can’t go wrong.
Gonsolin has obviously been a workhorse for the Dodgers this year, even if the inning count isn’t there. But he has carried the load at times, winning ballgames when the team was down a pair of starting pitchers. Him getting the ball to start the game at Dodger Stadium would not have surprised anyone.
But it sounds like we will get that storybook All-Star Game that we all hoped for. NL manager Brian Snitker is expected to tab Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw as the guy who throws out the first pitch on Tuesday evening, and it’s perfect.
Alltime great Dodger Clayton Kershaw is expected to start the All-Star Game tomorrow at Dodger Stadium. Shane McClanahan is the favorite to oppose him.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 18, 2022
It will be Kershaw’s 9th All-Star Game, and the first time that he gets to start for the NL. It’s incredibly fitting for the Dodgers veteran, who could go on to play a handful of seasons beyond 2022 or could call it a career. But getting to start the Mid-Summer Classic at Dodger Stadium, it’s perfect.
And he’s more than deserving of it. Even through injuries, Kershaw has been electric on the mound. He has posted a 2.13 ERA across 12 starts and punched out 75 batters in 71.2 innings of work. He has also posted a 2.47 FIP and the best ERA-plus in a while, aside from a very short 2020 season.
Congrats on the nod when it officially comes Kersh, soak it all in.
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