Bochy explains decision to start Harvey
Clayton Kershaw's 1.98 ERA and 139 strikeouts didn't earn him an All-Star Game start, as Bruce Bochy went with the Mets' Matt Harvey. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
Bruce Bochy put an end to the speculation Monday when he announced the New York Mets' Matt Harvey as his All-Star Game starter.
Harvey, 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA and a league-leading 147 strikeouts in 130 innings, was an obvious choice considering his season numbers and the fact that the Midsummer Classic will take place in his home stadium of Citi Field.
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Bochy made it clear, though, that Harvey did not get a 'homefield advantage' in his mind.
“It wouldn’t have mattered what city we were playing in with the year he’s had,” Bochy said after announcing his decision to go with Harvey.
But Harvey's main competition for the honor, the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, wasn't a fan of Bochy's comment.
Asked #Dodgers Clayton Kershaw about Bochy comment that location didn't matter in selection of Harvey as starter: "It hurts. Yeah. It hurts"— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 15, 2013
Do you think Kershaw, who has a lower ERA than Harvey at 1.98 but less strikeouts (139), has a legitimate gripe or did Bochy make the right call to start the hometown fan favorite?