While the Los Angeles Dodgers failed to place a starter in the All-Star Game via the fan vote, Adrian Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal, Zack Greinke and Joc Pederson were named to the National League team as reserves as part of the pitching staff. A noticeable omission of course was Clayton Kershaw, reigning NL MVP and three-time Cy Young Award winner.
Kershaw was however part of five players in the ‘Final Vote’ category, joining Johnny Cueto, Jeurys Familia, Carlos Martinez and Troy Tulowitzki. Fans were able to vote online via MLB’s website, and also over social media beginning at 7 a.m. PT Friday.
Voting closed at 1 p.m. PT with it later being announced Cardinals’ right-hander Martinez won the NL’s final vote. Kershaw’s final start of the regular season was a complete-game shutout effort, with 13 strikeouts and zero walks. “You want to get to go to the All-Star Game,” he said Friday. “So, yeah, there is a little bit [disappointment] there.”
A review of how the voting broke down:
For comparison’s sake, a quick look at some of Kershaw’s and Martinez’s numbers:
Martinez: 10-3, 3.44 ERA, 3.47 FIP, 3.14 xFIP, 1.22 WHIP, 113 strikeouts
Kershaw: 6-6, 2.85 ERA, 2.39 FIP, 2.07 xFIP, 1.02 WHIP, 160 strikeouts
On the surface Kershaw’s 2015 season has fallen short from his MVP campaign. However, he leads the Majors in strikeouts, xFIP, and his FIP ranks third overall. Given some of the probable starts over the weekend with pitchers on the NL roster, Kershaw conceivably could still wiggle his way to Cincinnati for the Midsummer Classic. “I think she’d [his daughter] like Cincinnati,” he quipped Friday.
Kershaw said after his start Thursday he would like to join his teammates in the All-Star Game regardless of making it by fan vote, final vote, and anything between. Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas won the American League roster final vote.