(NEW YORK) — With the Major League All-Star Game set for this Tuesday, the only question is who the starting pitchers would be for the National and American League. According to reports, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will get the start for the American League while San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain will get the nod for the National League.
The reigning American League MVP, Verlander is off to another great start this season for the Tigers. In 18 starts this year, Verlander is 9-5 with a 2.58 ERA. Heading into the All-Star break, Verlander is among the best pitchers in the AL. He ranks first in innings pitched as well as strikeouts, fourth in ERA, second in WHIP, and first in complete games.
Meanwhile, Cain has enjoyed a stellar first half this season for the Giants. In the first half Cain, went 9-3 with a 2.62 ERA. The highlight of his season so far came on June 13 when he threw a perfect game against the Astros in Houston. Among National League starters, Cain ranks second in innings pitched, fourth in strikeouts, second in WHIP, and second in complete games.
Even though some thought New York Mets starter R.A. Dickey would get the start, NL All-Star manager Tony La Russa felt Cain was the right man to take the ball first for the National League.
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