2013 MLB All-Star Game: Top 5 Candidates To Start For the National League

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May 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Chicago White Sox with a bloody nose during the first inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Every year is turning into the “year of the pitcher.” A no-hitter has yet to be tossed, but the amount of quality starting pitchers having good seasons is seemingly endless, especially in the National League.

The 2013 All-Star Game, which travels to Citi Field on July 16, is less than a month away. Yet, there’s no clear runaway to start the game for the NL. There’s Matt Harvey, of course. But there are also plenty of others that are breathing down his neck.

Fortunately, I’m not Bruce Bochy. I won’t have to name the starter. Perhaps an obvious pick emerges before the All-Star break, but as of now, the picture is a bit foggy.

Let’s take a look at the Top 5 candidates to start the All-Star Game for the NL:

All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs

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Topics: Adam Wainwright, Clayton Kerhsaw, Cliff Lee, Jordan Zimmermann, Los Angeles Dodgers, Matt Harvey, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, St Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals

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