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One of the last shoes to fall with regard to the All-Star Game rosters, starting pitchers were finally announced Monday. For the American League, Dusty Baker will call upon the arm of the Rays’ Shane McClanahan, whereas in the National League, Brian Snitker is tapping Clayton Kershaw to pitch in his home stadium.

McClanahan is in a race with Justin Verlander for the Cy Young Award, but the decision between the Rays ace and Baker’s own was taken out of his hands with Verlander starting this weekend. With Verlander inactive for Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic, McClanahan was a no-brainer of a choice.

Kershaw, meanwhile, is getting the nod over the Marlins’ Sandy Alcantara. Both have had outstanding seasons in their own right, but think of Kershaw starting as Leonardo DiCaprio winning Best Actor for The Revenant: There are external factors contributing to the decision, and that’s OK.

It’s southpaw vs. southpaw in the City of Angels. Both have been statistically outstanding. Here’s a look at just how good they’ve been.

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Clayton Kershaw vs. Shane McClanahan stats

Kershaw and McClanahan have had seasons that befit All-Star starters, regardless of what one might think about whether or not others could have gotten a start.

Player
Record
ERA
Strikeouts
Walks
WHIP
ERA+
Clayton Kershaw
7-2
2.13
75
12
0.907
194
Shane McClanahan
10-3
1.71
147
19
0.795
212

Kershaw’s 2.13 ERA is his lowest since 2016, when he posted a season-long ERA of 1.69. McClanahan, meanwhile, boasts MLB bests in ERA and WHIP, and his ERA+ is the best in the American League.

Both pitchers have been utterly outstanding this year. Dodgers vs. Rays, of course, is also a rematch of the 2020 World Series, which the Dodgers won in six games. McClanahan wasn’t part of that 2020 team, so expect a warmer reception for him than Verlander would have gotten, given the Dodgers’ history with the Astros.

Other pitchers in 2022 All-Star Game

Starting pitcher in the All-Star Game is a nice feather in the cap for a player, but pitcher is a particularly fun position to join in on. Here’s a look at the pitching staffs for each side.

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AL pitching staff

Position
Player
Team
SP
Shane McClanahan
Rays
SP
Nestor Cortes
Yankees
SP
Alek Manoah
Blue Jays
SP
Framber Valdez
Astros
SP
Martin Perez
Rangers
SP
Paul Blackburn
Athletics
SP
Justin Verlander
Astros
SP
Gerrit Cole
Yankees
SP
Shohei Ohtani
Angels
RP
Clay Holmes
Yankees
RP
Emmanuel Clase
Guardians
RP
Gregory Soto
Tigers
RP
Jorge Lopez
Orioles

NL pitching staff

Position
Player
Team
SP
Clayton Kershaw
Dodgers
SP
Sandy Alcantara
Marlins
SP
Corbin Burnes
Brewers
SP
Luis Castillo
Reds
SP
Max Fried
Braves
SP
Tony Gonsolin
Dodgers
SP
Joe Musgrove
Padres
SP
Carlos Rodon*
Giants
RP
Edwin Diaz
Mets
RP
Josh Hader
Brewers
RP
Ryan Helsley
Cardinals
RP
David Bednar
Pirates
RP
Joe Mantiply
Diamondbacks

* – Added as a replacement

As a friendly reminder, being named the starter doesn’t necessarily make a pitcher the “best” that season. Rather, it can be a sign of respect or just downright fun, like in this case. This is Kershaw’s ninth All-Star appearance, whereas it’s McClanahan’s first.

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