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.