It seems to be Jurrjens vs. Halladay for NL All-Star starter

Jair Jurrjens used a one-hit shutout Friday night against the Orioles to make his case to start the All-Star game for the National League. Phillies ace Roy Halladay followed that up by pitching his fifth complete game of the season Saturday afternoon in a win over the Blue Jays to make one of his own.

Both are 11-3 for the year and tied for the NL lead in wins. They are No. 1 and 3 in the NL in ERA – Jurrjens has a 1.89 ERA and Halladay is at 2.44. They would appear to be the top two choices to start for Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

While All-Star rosters will be announced on Sunday at noon on TBS, Bochy won’t have to make his decision on a starter until later in the week. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez appreciates that it’s a hard one and wonders if Halladay won’t get the edge as the more veteran pitcher, with two Cy Young awards.

“I think you almost have to go with Doc or (Cliff) Lee – seniority,” Gonzalez said. “Doc is a Cy Young award winner in both leagues. Cliff won the Cy Young in the American League.”

Lee, who is 9-5 with a 2.66 ERA on the season, just went 5-0 with an 0.21 ERA with three complete games in the month of June.

Both Lee and Halladay have started All-Star games for the American League – Halladay in 2009 and Lee in 2008 – and have combined to make nine All-Star teams. Jurrjens is poised to be named for the first time on Sunday.

“I know it’s an honor and privilege to start the All-Star game but just to be named to that is big,” Gonzalez said.

Brian McCann is expected to be named the NL’s starting catcher for the first time in his career. He’s been leading the vote since early in the process and led Yadier Molina by nearly 800,000 votes in the most recent count. Other possible All-Stars for the Braves include Tommy Hanson, Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel.

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richbrave

July 2nd, 2011
6:39 pm

CARROLL:

BRUCE Bochy?

wahoo

July 2nd, 2011
6:49 pm

Second place?
Will Dan U bw on the all squad?

If so what squad will that be?
Begin comments.

Darryl Blackberry

July 2nd, 2011
6:54 pm

Would almost rather see Doc get the honors. If JJ gets to start, all the announcers will have to talk about is how he “somehow gets guys out with having put-away stuff,” etc. How about, as a compromise for not having JJ get the starting nod, the Braves get an extra pitcher (Venters, Kimbrel?) put on the All-Star squad…

Someone get Bochy on the horn, will ya?

Bruce bochy

July 2nd, 2011
7:07 pm

I hope kimbrel pitches the ninth. But it might be the beard

mitchgt

July 2nd, 2011
7:16 pm

With Mac getting the start behind the plate, knowing JJ so well, how could you not give JJ the ball?

StevoDeg

July 2nd, 2011
7:23 pm

I love that our relievers are getting so much All Star attention, but anyone kinda hope that they don’t need to get used in the ASG to give them rest?

willy

July 2nd, 2011
7:41 pm

what bout chipper, isn’t he second for third basemen

bravos007

July 2nd, 2011
7:43 pm

i am so tired o fredit throwing his players under the bus. yeah they have seniority but do you really have to say JJ shouldn’t start? should it not be on who has the best stats thus far? try being a 100% advocate for JJ fredi. aren’t you his manager? i rem earlier in the season where fredit went down his line up and said which philly players he would take over a brave. not cool at all.

bravos007

July 2nd, 2011
7:44 pm

Josh

July 2nd, 2011
7:45 pm

JJ has almost a half run ERA advantage, and more wins in 2 fewer starts..
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don

July 2nd, 2011
7:59 pm

Gonzalez is absolutely correct. Seniority and possession of a successful track record should count. Halladay should get the start. Let Jurrjens accumulate a decent portfolio before putting him in the league with Halladay.

athensmatt

July 2nd, 2011
8:06 pm

Halladay’s win today was his sixth complete game, not his fifth.

Dirty Jacket

July 2nd, 2011
8:06 pm

Agree with comment above about Fredi not advocating for his own players. There is NO reason for Fredi to have to be diplomatic here as JJ has the BEST stats of all potential candidates. It’s not like JJ is some guy with borderline stats that requires lobbying for the start. He actually has earned it and deserves to start. Yet Fredi is finding a reason to brag on Halladay, and Lee (WTF)? I call BS.

bravos007

July 2nd, 2011
8:08 pm

@don- even if i were to agree with you, which i don’t, fredi should still keep his mouth shut if he intends on not backing his own player 100%. just say “it’s not up to me” “we’ll see” like i said, not the first time fredi has said something like this…it’’s a pattern. bad judgment.

bravos007

July 2nd, 2011
8:10 pm

@dirty jacket- amen….stats matter in baseball. the all-star game is already a joke when half of the yankee and red sox players start just b/c they live in a big city where millions vote everyday.

jch

July 2nd, 2011
8:51 pm

Fredi should have backed JJ – no question. JJ has the resume THIS year to justify the start and THIS is the only year that matters for the 2011 All-Star game. What you’ve done in the past doesn’t, or make that, “shouldn’t” matter.

Taking nothing away from Lee or Halladay, both can also make equally strong arguments for the role, but you must back you’re own guy.
The All-Star game is a popularity contest and doesn’t reflect who’s actually playing best.

jch

July 2nd, 2011
8:53 pm

The All-Star game is a popularity contest – not a reward for being the best at your position.

If you REALLY wanted to reward players for being the best at their respective position you’d not have the All-Star game until after the season. Honestly, take any year and pick your All-Star teams based on a full season’s performance. Then, compare it to the actual All-Star teams. I bet they don’t look very similar….

bravos007

July 2nd, 2011
9:02 pm

exactly JCH. after hearing fredit, why would bochy even bother starting JJ. he’s already been let off the hook by JJ’s manager.

bravos007

July 2nd, 2011
9:02 pm

Bravesfansince '66

July 2nd, 2011
9:10 pm

The past is the past. Seniority is BS. This All-Star game doesn’t say 2011 and all previous years,it says for 2011. Forget Halladay and Lee, and all their Cy Youngs and AllStar starts,this is about 2011! The one with the best stats should start.Its that simple! Gonzalez should support his players. Move over and let JJ start,but only if his stats are better! I believe Bobby Cox would support JJ.

wjones

July 2nd, 2011
11:19 pm

Historically a lot of managers don’t want their pitchers to pitch in the game, let alone start. Injury fears–the Dizzy Dean episode has scared managers ever since, plus it forces them to alter their rotation.

Remarkable

July 2nd, 2011
11:57 pm

Jair Jurrjens just has to win the next game and he SHOULD be the starter. It doesn’t matter what anyone else does or has done in the past. Most wins, lowest era, it’s a no brain-er. Except for one thing. . . he plays for the Braves. Atlanta teams don’t get no respect.

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dogman

July 3rd, 2011
8:59 am

Who cares? The All Star game is nothing but a popularity contest. The players in the largest market like New York and Boston are going to get elected to start regardless of their stats because they draw the most fans to vote. I don’t even bother to watch it. Years ago it was an honor but now with most of the players on the team making 20-25 million dollars a year what do they care. I get so sick of these high paid free agents saying it is not about the money like Reyes was quoted saying the other day but you wait and see who they sign with. The biggest fool with the biggest checkbook. Years ago a player got a decent pay raise to make the team but now with the money they make they don’t care what they make the team or not.

billmaier

July 3rd, 2011
9:58 am

freddi also said well venters probably should not make the team- give it to guys with some more– experience same with kimbrel— in regard to mccann deserving to start- freddi said well probably someone been in the league longer should start behind the plate– what he should hsve said blank yes jj should get the start it is based on this year and jj has outpitched halladay- and lee- look at the stats- stats dont lie- the guy who has pitched the best should start– it should be based on 2011 isnt that this year that we are playing the game??????

bubba

July 3rd, 2011
11:32 am

Freddi has a lot to learn about RESPECT!!! Freddi is NOT so smart, I think he should have a fine by the Braves owners for NOT supporting his players…stupid play by our coach….

bubba

July 3rd, 2011
11:37 am

OK, Freddi..I fine you $5,000.00 dollars for NOT supporting your players; please pay this amount to the “teach Dan to hit” charity…HECK, I see you already contributed by keeping Dan on the field..

john

July 4th, 2011
1:12 pm

Field independent stats–learn them, Braves fans. Halladay kills him in the stats a pitcher can control: http://www.fangraphs.com/

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