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2014 MLB All-Star Game: Who will be the starting pitchers?

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The rosters -- absent the Final Vote winners -- for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game were revealed Sunday   night. We know the position-player starters, but we don't yet know the starting pitchers. Those will be revealed at a press conference next Monday afternoon at Target Field in Minneapolis, but that can't stop us from speculating who the starters will be in the meantime.

My predictions are Felix Hernandez for the AL and Adam Wainwright in the NL.  

First things first, pitchers who start on the Sunday before the game are ineligible. So eliminate   Masahiro Tanaka on the AL side. For the NL, there are going to be a near-handful of replacements, because Johnny Cueto, Julio Teheran, Madison Bumgarner and Tyson Ross are starting.

On the NL side, I don't believe that Mike Matheny would pick a replacement, so his only choices are Wainwright, Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Jordan Zimmermann. Here are the traditional numbers for each:

Wainwright: 11-4, 1.89 ERA, 106 K, 124 IP

Kershaw: 10-2, 1.85 ERA, 115 K, 87 1/3 IP

Greinke: 11-4, 2.66 ERA, 119 K, 111 2/3 IP

Zimmermann: 6-4, 2.79 ERA, 96 K, 109 2/3 IP

It has to boil down to Wainwright and Kershaw.

Given that it's very close, Kershaw missed several weeks due to injury and Wainwright is Matheny's guy, I think Wainwright is the pick. Some might not like it, but Matheny earned the right to pick his pitcher when the Cardinals won the NL last season.
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