0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Dan Haren has always lacked the luster of his big-name teammates, quietly putting up big numbers and impressing opposing hitters.With Barry Zito out of Oakland and the spotlight mostly his own this year, Haren has shown he has the stuff and the composure to be a No. 1 pitcher on any staff, including a star-studded one at the All-Star game.ADVERTISEMENTHaren was picked Monday to start for the American League just across the bay from his home ballpark in Oakland.Haren is 10-3 with an AL-leading 2.30 ERA. He certainly had the credentials to earn the All-Star start, but there was plenty of competition for AL manager Jim Leyland to sift through, including his own no-hit stud Justin Verlander of Detroit.Peavy earned the start for the NL, part of a remarkable turnaround from a rare off year. Peavy struggled to an 11-14 record with a 4.09 ERA last season in his worst year since becoming a full-time starter in 2003. Hampered by tendinitis in his pitching shoulder after participating in the World Baseball Classic last spring, Peavy was unable to throw between starts the first half of last season.Peavy was just 4-8 with a 4.46 ERA at the break last season, at the break before the midseason respite helped him turn it around, going 7-4 down the stretch.But he got off to a fast start this season, shutting the Giants out for six innings in an opening day win at the same ballpark that will host the All-Star game. Peavy is 9-3 with a 2.19 ERA that trails only teammate Chris Young in the NL."The biggest thing for me is I've been healthy," Peavy said. "For the most part I've stayed decently sharp and made a lot more quality pitches in the first half than I did last year.""He told me if I didn't start, don't go," Peavy joked. "Greg has definitely talked about it to me and told me how big of an honor it was and how much he enjoyed it and looked back on them and smiled."
Page created in 0.115 seconds with 23 queries.