Starting case for All-Star Jurrjens: he’s well-rested

Jair Jurrjens doesn’t start again before the All-Star break and he’ll have to wait and see if he’ll be starting the All-Star game.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy has yet to name a starter for the National League, which will likely come down to Jurrjens or Phillies starters Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez made the case Friday that Jurrjens will be the best-rested of the three. Halladay was scheduled to start Friday night against the Braves, weather permitting, and Cliff Lee on Saturday.

“You would like for him to start,” said Gonzalez, who hasn’t lobbied Bochy directly. “He would be more rested than Doc, and more rested than Lee, if that makes a difference….For selfish reasons, for the organization, for the team, sure we’d like to see him get the opportunity.”

Jurrjens, who was selected to his first All-Star team by player vote, last pitched on Wednesday night against the Rockies and would be going on five days’ rest.

In comments to reporters, Halladay has made it known that he would start the All-Star game if asked, but he would rather not pitch two innings as a starter is asked.

Entering the weekend, Jurrjens led the National League in wins (12) and ERA (1.87). The Yankees’ CC Sabathia leads the American League with 12 wins and Jered Weaver of the Angels just moved in front of Jurrjens for the majors’ lead in ERA at 1.86.

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July 8th, 2011
7:19 pm


July 8th, 2011
7:21 pm

I’m first as always go phils

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The Game Has Changed

July 8th, 2011
7:31 pm

Well Im second this time. Go Braves. Special prayers go out to the firefighters family in Texas.


July 8th, 2011
7:37 pm

I would like to see JJ start for his own recognition, but lets think about the team. He would not make his scheduled start after the break. The Braves need him on the mound every game possible.


July 8th, 2011
7:58 pm

@Toole – I seriously doubt going 2 innings is going to affect his spot in the rotation considering they don’t play again until next Friday. However Fredi chooses to set the rotation coming out of the break, Jurrjens will be ready to go. 2 innings is a glorified side session.


July 8th, 2011
8:51 pm

It’s a lock tight cinch that he will be starting now because the Braves Phillies will be rained out. there is no way Halladay or Lee will be asked to start after pitching either end of a double header on Saturday. What possible reason could there be for anyone else to start but JJ?

Dennis Reynolds

July 8th, 2011
9:16 pm

You self-oppressed loser.

Hmm Now Braves

July 8th, 2011
9:37 pm

Yes Dennis Reynolds Yes


July 8th, 2011
10:43 pm

Is he serious? Wow


July 9th, 2011
12:39 am

As a Phils fan, I truly hope you get your wish. As a matter of fact, I hope they don’t play any Phils during the whole game…. Oh, and I hope Jair goes lights out, we would appreciate home field for the Series.


July 9th, 2011
1:09 am

Sorry Atlanta. Bunch of yankee’s coming thru again….. Let’s party like it’s 1865……….


July 9th, 2011
1:34 am

MLB tonight had a huge discussion last night saying Halladay will definitely get the start. Clearly, the decision has not been made yet. Can someone please explain to me why the national sports media does this? And then it turns out that they were incorrect and they look stupid.


July 9th, 2011
1:39 am

I would love for JJ to get the start…….he deserves it. All that is important is that JJ is better than Halladay in every stat except Ks. Halladay is by far the best pitcher there is today no question. But I like that we are being ignored and that JJ doesn’t get respect….might help our resigning him after next year. Wishful thinking I know on that one.


July 9th, 2011
10:57 am

In addition to rested add most wins, lowest ERA, best in NL so far this season and a starting catcher with whom JJ has worked with before a few times. Is is so obvious it probably will not happen.

Charlie Manuel

July 9th, 2011
12:11 pm

We wish we had JJ to help with the playoff run…of our Triple A team, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.


July 9th, 2011
1:06 pm

I also send my condolences to the family that lost their loved one at the Rangers’ baseball game. As far as Jurrjens, I think they should have a coin toss between Halladay and Jurrjens. Halladay is an arm you trust but Jurrjens’ performance has been the best in the National League. Too close to call by reasoning.

the jerk store called...they're runnin out of you!

July 9th, 2011
2:14 pm

Bruce Bochy is a candy arse. It would not surprise me if he snubbed Jair. He already snubbed Tommy and Craig in favor of his own less qualified pitchers.


July 9th, 2011
7:42 pm

Release Jurrjens…

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