The full All-Star Game rosters will be unveiled in a few hours, but it's very safe to say Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will be named to the NL squad. The big right-hander has gone 11-5 with a 2.36 ERA this year, and he leads the league in innings (133 2/3), complete games (four), shutouts (two) and K/BB ratio (9.00). He's not just an All-Star, he's a Cy Young candidate.
Wainwright will not be pitching in the All-Star Game 10 days from now, however. St. Louis has rearranged its rotation to make sure their ace starts two games before the break:
Cardinals shifting rotation so Wainwright will pitch twice before break. Because he will pitch next Sunday, he cannot pitch in ASG.— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) July 6, 2013
The rules say that if a starter pitches on the Sunday before the All-Star break, they cannot pitch in the actual All-Star Game. Wainwright will still get the honor of being elected to the game, but he'll watch from the bench.
More than anything, this means Mets right-hander Matt Harvey's chances of starting the game for the NL team at home in Citi Field have gone up quite a bit. He is scheduled to start Monday and then Sunday before the All-Star break, but I assume the team will use Thursday's off-day to rearrange the rotation and ensure he's available for the Midsummer Classic.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is Harvey's only serious competition for the starting nod now that Wainwright is out of the picture. Kershaw will start on Sunday (tomorrow) and then next Friday, giving him plenty of time to prepare for the All-Star Game. I would be surprised if Harvey didn't get the call at this point, however.
Harvey is 7-2 with a 2.27 ERA this season. Kershaw has gone 7-5 with a league-leading 1.93 ERA.