The selection of Adam Wainwright as the National League starting pitcher at the All-Star Game over Clayton Kershaw was wrong, shows misplaced loyalty, and may come back to haunt the eventual National League pennant winner in October.
Year after year we hear local broadcasters castigate the system where All-Star managers choose their pitchers when Cardinals are overlooked. Yet when the team is managed by a Cardinal, they point to previous games, saying, "Everyone does it."
Kershaw was snubbed but was statistically the better pitcher at the break. How about the selection of Pat Neshek? Was there even one better pitcher in all of the National League than Neshek?
Many complain that the All-Star Game is a popularity contest. Local broadcasters encourage fans to vote for Cardinals and don't encourage fans to vote for the best player in the league at a given position. By their logic, Cardinals Nation would have cast its collective vote for Jhonny Peralta over Troy Tulowitzki.
The outcome of the game was, in no small part, a result of the manager's selection of his pitchers. All five American League runs were scored against Cardinal pitchers. Now the National League has to live with it.
Mark M. Abend