On a day where it appeared the best team in Major League Baseball was snubbed with only one All-Star, the pitchers were announced.
3 #Dodgers pitchers have been selected to NL All Star team.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw. Closer, Kenley Jansen didn’t make it.
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) June 30, 2019
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Walker Buehler, and Clayton Kershaw have all made the NL pitcher’s roster.
This marks the first nod to the mid-summer classic for both Ryu and Buehler. For Kershaw, it’s his 8th selection, and first since 2017.
They join Cody Bellinger as the initial representatives from the Dodgers squad.
Most importantly, Dave Roberts announced that Ryu will start for the National League squad.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will start the all-star game for the National League, Dave Roberts said.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) June 30, 2019
Very much deserved for the Cy Young hopeful.
Elite Pitching Dodgers
Well deserved selections when you consider the Dodgers team pitching statistics. The Dodgers pitching staff leads the NL in ERA, WAR, FIP, and opponent batting average. This is incredible when one considers that the Dodgers bullpen has not been their crowning achievement. Speaking of the bullpen…
There’s A Familiar Name Missing
Kenley Jansen was noticeably left off of the MLB All-Star roster. Kenley had made 3 consecutive all star games from 2016-2018. The Dodgers big closer has 23 saves, while posting a 3.12 ERA, and a 3.18 FIP. While there has been more chatter about his performance, he’s actually on pace to be better than he was in his 2018 campaign. His 2017 was absolutely legendary and just unfair to expect him to repeat, so calling this a snub isn’t a big leap.
Dodgers Representing The NL
Only the day will tell if all 3 Dodger pitchers will make a pitching appearance in the All-Star game. The determining factor will also be when the last day they pitch is before the game, and overall health. The NL coach will obviously be very familiar with their situations, being that it’s Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts.