Joe Maddon stated earlier today in an interview that even before Clayton Kershaw announced not playing in the All-Star Game, Scherzer would still have the starting job.
Maddon on not having to choose between Scherzer and Kershaw, who is not eligible: "I had already chosen Max."
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 10, 2017
Joe Maddon seems to have it out for the Dodgers’ rotation. Blatantly letting us know that even if Kershaw was pitching in the 2017 All-Star Game, he would be pitching second to Max Scherzer. Let’s take a look at the numbers.
Kershaw is now the first pitcher since Sandy Koufax to have 14 wins prior to the All-Star break. He is 14-2 with an ERA of 2.18, whip of 0.88 and 159 strikeouts this year. Max Scherzer, however has 4 fewer wins than Kershaw, and an ERA of 2.10 and whip of 0.78 with 173 strikeouts. There is certainly an argument for both.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 10, 2017
Kershaw has not yet started an All-Star game, but there is something to be said about his dedication to pitching games that matter. Kershaw made the decision to pitch on Sunday and skip the All-Star game. He continues to show that he is the leader and the ace of the MLB best Los Angeles Dodgers.