Halladay starts over Jurrjens; Kimbrel’s whirlwind

PHOENIX — A statistical argument could be made that Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens deserved to start the All-Star game for the National League  instead of Phillies ace Roy Halladay.

Jurrjens is 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA, while Halladay is 11-3 with a 2.45 ERA.

But Halladay also has four more complete games and 32-2/3 more innings than Jurrjens this season. Oh, yeah, and he also has 131 more career wins, seven more All-Star selections and two more Cy Young awards than Jurrjens.

NL All-Star manager Bruce Bochy named Halladay the starter on Monday.

“I couldn’t have a better guy to start the All-Star game for us,” said Bochy, managing the NL All-Stars after his San Francisco Giants won the 2010 World Series. “If you look at how he’s pitched this year, the numbers are certainly very deserving. But when you talk about the great pitchers in our game today, the elite pitchers, the pitchers that you’d want to start a game that you would have to win, Roy’s name is always at the top of the list.

“The incredible career he’s had, and again he’s doing it this year. His experience. This was really an easy one for me, that he would start this game.”

While some Braves followers hoped Bochy might give Jurrjens the nod, no one at All-Star media day was at all surprised he went with Halladay.

“It would have been a super honor to get the start,” Jurrjens said. “But, you know, it’s Halladay. You cannot go wrong with him. Like I’ve been telling people, I had my mind set that there was a chance I wasn’t going to get it. When I got the news, I wasn’t surprised about it.”

Kimbrel’s whirlwind tour

Braves closer Craid Kimbrel didn’t find out he was added to the All-Star team until the Braves were flying back from Philadelphia on Sunday night.

He said pitching coach Roger McDowell came back to the back of the plane and summoned him to see manager Fredi Gonzalez, who gave him the good news.

“I couldn’t tell anybody because we were in the air,” said Kimbrel, who called his girlfriend and parents in Hunstville, Ala., when the Braves’ plane touched down in Atlanta.

Braves officials had already made plans for his flight to Phoenix, and Kimbrel had to go straight from one terminal to another to make his flight. There was no time to go to his home in Atlanta to get any clothes.

“Even though I’m here because another guy couldn’t pitch [because Cain started Sunday], it’s still an honor to be here,” he said Monday. “Everything’s going so fast, I don’t really know everything that’s going on.”

His parents and girlfriend were due to arrive in Phoenix Monday night.

“They won’t get here in time for the Home Run Derby, but they’ll be here for the game,” he said, smiling. “I’ve got to buy a video camera.”

Kimbrel leads the majors in saves (28) and reliever strikeouts (70), and Bochy said he picked Kimbrel over Hanson because he wanted to have another reliever available at the back end of the bullpen.

Bochy also indicated, however, that he planned to use Giants closer Brian Wilson if there’s a save situation Tuesday.

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July 11th, 2011
9:39 pm

kimbrell is hot and cool.


July 11th, 2011
9:42 pm

Good for Kimbrel. Hope he enjoys the atmosphere. Many more All-star selections ahead of this terrific kid.

David O'Brien

July 11th, 2011
9:42 pm

Matt Holliday looks like Yul Brynner

northbeach Scott

July 11th, 2011
9:45 pm

What an incredible honor and experience for Kimbrel, and well deserved. Soak it up, young man. Young gun Braves.

McCmann and Aquahoss

July 11th, 2011
9:56 pm

Man man man man…..

McCmann: Bochy must still be bitter over that division series last year.

AquaHoss: Hmmmm… I thought we gave that series away/ almost forfeit b/c of injury.

McCmann: ooooh right, he wouldn’t have a ring if it weren’t for that brooksay.

What a toooooooool!

David O'Brien

July 11th, 2011
9:58 pm

Braves’ first-timers turn to six-time All-Star McCann for advice



July 11th, 2011
10:02 pm

Man, Bochy is some piece of work. First he screws Hanson in favor of his 3rd pitcher selection from his own team, then he screws kimbrel by saying he’ll use his own guy in a save situation. He really must have a stick up his butt about the braves.


July 11th, 2011
10:08 pm

Let’s face it, Halladay is a super star. The guy that is in the running for CY Young EVERY year. That’s why he gets the nod to start over Jair.

“Bochy screws Hanson & Kimbrel”. Not anything I wanna see…


July 11th, 2011
10:09 pm

“Bochy screws Rihanna & Shakira” maybe…

DC Brave

July 11th, 2011
10:15 pm

You know, part of me understands going with the veteran Wilson over Craig “Captain K” Kimbrel as Wilson is the veteran. But if look at from a standpoint of whose been pitching better lately….say the last 3-4 weeks, I’m thinking you gotta look at the kid. Of course, Wilson there is a certain commercial interest in running the bearded weirdo out there…


July 11th, 2011
10:15 pm

which NL team has the most all-stars this year—-minus the giants as they are clearly unqualified


July 11th, 2011
10:23 pm

Congratulations to young Mr. Kimbrel and all the other Braves players who are on the AS team. I think Hanson got jobbed on this deal but it is what it is.

I’m probably in a minority here and I know it won’t happen, but I would be just as happy if Bochy didn’t use ANY of our pitchers, especially Venters and Kimbrel. They can use the time off.

David O'Brien

July 11th, 2011
10:36 pm

The Home Run Derby has already reached the finals round? Wow, that just flew by.


July 11th, 2011
10:38 pm

@David……..Cano is blowing my mind right now. Simply wow.

Husker Tony

July 11th, 2011
10:48 pm

Cano has such a beautiful swing. I like to watch him. Wish our 2nd baseman could hit like he does :)


July 11th, 2011
10:51 pm

‘But Halladay also has four more complete games and 32-2/3 more innings than Jurrjens this season’.— Blog

Do you think they allow Halladay to go further into the game which allows him to be given the opportunity to complete games more often because they don’t have faith in their pen…or do you think it’s more that they want to keep him in their when he’s hot even if the pen is good?


July 11th, 2011
10:57 pm

Too bad the braves are trash.

Deedle Nick

July 11th, 2011
11:02 pm

There are times that these blogs remind me of the kiddie end of a pool. Except the water is never filtered here.

David O'Brien

July 11th, 2011
11:03 pm

OK, Cano is impressive. Even amid this repetitive, mind-numbing exercise, he’s really impressive

Husker Tony

July 11th, 2011
11:10 pm

DOB, one of the most impressive performances I have seen the Derby. Guy still had 4 outs to work with, who knows how far he could have gone. All of his homers were deeeeeeep.


July 11th, 2011
11:27 pm

jebus that derby took FOREVER


July 12th, 2011
12:13 am

Brian “the Beard” Willson has sucked this year. Kimbrel is far better than he is. Kimbrel has pitched more innings has had more save opps and more saves and lower WHIP and ERA. But I would imagin Wilson would cry like a baby if Bruce didn’t give him the save opp. I thought we [NL] were playing to win this game.

Jay Dubu

July 12th, 2011
5:33 am

Let’s hope that the Braves can get their revenge against Bochy and the Giants in the playoffs.


July 12th, 2011
6:57 am

Jurrjens and Hanson got gipped. The start should go to the best pitcher, this is MLB ’s way of trying to get a feel good story in. Halladay is a great pitcher, but the halfway point of this season belongs to Jurrjenns. The stats don’t lie:
Jurrjens- 12 3 0 0 0 1.07 1.87 1 no decision
Halladay- 11 3 0 0 0 1.02 2.45 5 no decision
Jurrjen ranks #1 in all pitching stats and Hanson ranks #3. So stats do not or were not a determining factor in the starter or Hanson getting selected to the all star team. I loss and 1 win separates Hanson and Halladay. Halladay has more strikeouts, but a higher ERA. I thought the all star game was for the best players at the half way point of this season, not from past seasons?


July 12th, 2011
7:24 am

we could have kept Bochy out of this game all together by beating the Giants last year. We can screw him this year in the playoffs if we meet. Sports gives you a chance to PI## down the neck of guys who treat you badly. We have not taken advantage of these situations in the past. I hate the Yankees and the Red Sox too. Go Rays.


July 12th, 2011
9:02 am

i truly don’t care who starts or even plays in the all star game (in fact i hope bochy leave halladay in for all 9) but it seems to me like the guy deserving the honor of starting the all-star game should be the guy who has had the best season, not the guy who has had the best career. that’s why its the 2011 all-star game, not the all time all-star game.


July 12th, 2011
10:25 am

Personally, it’s not a big deal with me that Bochy chose Halladay over JJ for the ASG starting pitcher, selecting Kimbrel over Hanson for the replacement, and will use Wilson over Kibrell for closing situation. I’d probablly do the same if I were him. But the problem is that he should have selected Hanson or Kimbrel or both in the first place.

The Red Clay Hound

July 12th, 2011
11:08 am

Jurrjens stats this year are better than Halladay’s. Aside from those idiots in Philly….everyone can see that. But its a popularity contest. Bochy is probably getting strong armed into starting the more popular guy.

O'flarity's water bottle

July 12th, 2011
12:31 pm

Do you want to know what makes me angry about this allstar game? That the players dont care about it. You know after hitting 3000 hits, jeter, whom people would want to see at the game, is not going to be there. This might/could be his last apperence and he is backing out. Maybe Bud Selig should cancel next years allstar selection/game. It would send a message to all the punk-ass players!


July 12th, 2011
12:47 pm

KK should be there too.


July 12th, 2011
2:41 pm

“Bochy also indicated, however, that he planned to use Giants closer Brian Wilson if there’s a save situation Tuesday.”


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July 12th, 2011
3:31 pm

bravos007 – which NL team has the most all-stars this year—-minus the giants as they are clearly unqualified

Braves and Phillies each have five.


July 12th, 2011
6:24 pm

Bochy is a douchebag. His starters, his closers —you know what they say about karma!

Johnny W.

July 12th, 2011
8:39 pm

Halladay’s career accomplishments are exactly why he shouldn’t be starting. He’s been covered in glory before, and will be again. And that is conceding that something other than wins and ERA should be considered.* Jurrjens may well be a one off, and we can’t take his return for granted considering his injury history. Halladay could lose it tomorrow and will have had his fair share of honors.

*The other stats are dependent on bullpen strength, coaching philosophy, etc.

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