According to William Ladson of MLB.com, Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer will not pitch in the All-Star game on Tuesday. Instead he will take the mound on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles, where he’ll hope to finish the first half of the season on a strong note. Even though Max isn’t competing in the game itself, he’ll still be heading to Cincinnati to take part in all of the festivities. Scherzer so far in 2015 has dominated the competition constantly, easily earning his third straight All-Star selection while being on pace to have the best season of his career.
Across 17 starts this season, 30-year-old Max Scherzer has posted a strong 2.12 ERA with a league low 0.80 WHIP. The former Detroit Tiger has also already thrown three complete games, with two of them being shutouts. Not to mention one of those shutouts was a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates last month. Currently Max is posting a stunning strikeout to walk ratio of 10.21, showing the great control he’s had on the mound as of late. Scherzer’s performance has really helped solidify a rotation that has dealt with some injury issues and a lack of consistency so far this season. After signing a 7 year, 210 million dollar there were huge expectations for Max heading into the season, and so far he has found a way to exceed each one of them. He was paid ace money, and now he is pitching like one for a team that has a good chance to make a run in the playoffs come October.
Since Scherzer will not be pitching in the All-Star game, a replacement is going to have to be selected to fill his spot on the National League roster. It seems that Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will be that guy, and it makes sense when looking at his performance this season along with his track record. Kershaw started the season slow, but has bounced back well to post a 2.85 ERA while having the best K/9 of his career. The All-Star game is about having the biggest stars in baseball come together, and without Kershaw in Cincinnati it just didn’t feel right. People across baseball complained Clayton was snubbed after the rosters came out, but like most years the situation worked itself out. Hopefully when the rosters are all set and ready to go, fans across baseball will get to enjoy another All-Star game full of iconic moments.