Bruce Bochy ASGBruce Bochy is in New York City, ready for the All-Star Game tomorrow and named his starting line-up and pitcher today. Here it is:

1. Brandon Phillips, 2B

2. Carlos Beltran, RF 

3. Joey Votto, 1B

4. David Wright, 3B 

5. Carlos Gonzalez, LF 

6. Yadier Molina, C 

7. Troy Tulowitzki, SS 

8. Michael Cuddyer, DH 

9. Bryce Harper, CF 

10. Matt Harvey, SP 

I think there a couple of notable things here – the first is that Brandon Phillips is batting lead-off. What happened to Bochy’s unspoken made-up rule about a second baseman always batting second? Get real, Bruce. You know that’s not how it’s done.

Secondly, and most obvious to fans in the lower half of California, is that Clayton Kershaw is not starting the All-Star Game.

“It hurts. Yeah. It hurts,” Kershaw told reporters today.

Although Kershaw has been saying for weeks that he’s “got no problem” with Matt Harvey starting in his home ballpark, it seems that he’s not as okay with it as he had originally stated. After hearing Bochy say that Harvey would have started the game regardless of which ballpark they were playing in, Kershaw responded tersely, “That’s his opinion.”

I really, really respect Kershaw – I really do. He’s the only Dodger I openly root for and think he’s got talent beyond words. That being said, I do believe he could have handled this with a little more graciously, at least outwardly towards the media. He’s quite the humanitarian and incredibly well-spoken, so I’m surprised to see the Dodgers’ ace expressing any sort of frustration towards Bochy’s selection.

Just to give you a snapshot of both Harvey’s and Kershaw’s numbers side by side:

Clayton Kershaw:

  • W/L: 8-6
  • ERA 1.86 (lowest in the league)
  • WHIP: .908 (lowest in the league)
  • Strikeouts: 139

Matt Harvey:

  • W/L: 7-2
  • ERA 2.35
  • WHIP: 0.915
  • Strikeouts: 147 (leads the league)

Honestly, I think it could have gone either way, but it makes more sense to me that Matt Harvey would start in his own Citi Field in front of thousands of Mets fans. Kershaw will have plenty of opportunities to be a starter for the All-Star Game, but I think many would argue that Bochy has been snubbing the Dodgers organization by not naming Yasiel Puig as an All-Star replacement and now this.

In any case, a big congratulations from BASG to Matt Harvey, and we will all be cheering on the National League so the Giants can win home field advantage for their third World Series in 4 years (wishful thinking, I know…)

In case you’re curious, here’s the American League starting line-up:

1. Mike Trout, LF

2. Robinson Cano, 2B

3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B

4. Chris Davis, 1B

5. Joey Bautista, RF

6. David Ortiz, DH

7. Adam Jones, CF 

8. Joe Mauer, C 

9. Hardy, JJ, SS 

10. Max Scherzer , SP