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.