When the MLB All-Star rosters were announced on Monday, there was one major exclusion from the National League team.
Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw wasn’t named an All-Star, but was a member of the Final Vote with four other players. While the left-hander has had some minor ups and downs this year, his numbers were better or comparable to a few that were selected over him, and not to mention that Kershaw is the reigning Cy Young and MVP.
In his first start since the snub, the 27-year-old delivered his best performance of the season. Kershaw struck out 13 Philadelphia Phillies, while not walking a single hitter in a complete game shutout:
It was his first complete game of the season, and showed all that despite his slight struggles, that he is still the best pitcher on the planet. The Dodgers even gave him some early run support and ended up with five runs on the night. Some may say it was against the lowly Phillies, but that lowly Phillies team had scored 14 runs in the first two games of this series.
Not only did Kershaw’s performance help voters see what they needed to see (he was fourth out of five in the first tally), but it also helped a Dodgers bullpen that was weary after a bullpen game on Monday and four innings on Tuesday.
Also, Kershaw’s wife and baby daughter were in the building for the performance, adding to the atmosphere.
It shouldn’t have been a discussion before, but Kershaw made sure to prove to everyone that he indeed is All-Star worthy.