Haren Loses All-Star Start Bid to Lincecum

I suppose if you are the best pitcher in Major League Baseball and don’t get selected to start the All-Star Game in St. Louis, the next best thing is #1A, San Francisco Giants Starting Pitcher Tim Lincecum.  However this should never have even been a debate.  Arizona Diamondbacks Starting Pitcher Dan Haren was jobbed by Philadelphia Phillies and All-Star Game National League Manager Charlie Manuel, hands down.  Haren apparently did receive consideration.  Really?  Receive consideration?  Well, consider this…

Outside of wins/losses and strikeouts, which I’ll get to later, it should have been a no-brainer.

Dan Haren owns the best ERA in the National League at 2.01.  Lincecum is close by at 2.33.

Dan Haren has given up 16 walks as opposed to Lincecum’s 34.

Dan Haren has 130 innings pitched to Lincecum’s 127.2 in the same number of starts – 18,  so that’s basically a wash.

Dan Haren has given up 89 hits.  Lincecum 100.

Dan Haren’s opponent’s average is .189.  Lincecum .215.

They both have 3 complete games.

Do I really need to go on??  Well, apparently so because the following reasons are why Lincecum went on to be named the starter.

Lincecum reportedly got the nod because he got sick last year and missed the game completely and also because he was the Cy Young winner in 2008.  That’s a bunch of crap.  The nod should be about this year – period! Lincecum is 10-2, Haren is 9-5.  Um, the last time I checked the All-Star game is based on individual performance, not team performance.  Let’s take a look at all the reasons why Haren has only 1 less victory.  The Diamondbacks had trouble scoring for him early in the season.  Lack of offense has been a reason for no decisions.  Haren has really only lost one game on his own.  He leads the National League in quality starts.

So every reason Manuel can give is just BS in and out my ears.  Don’t get me wrong, Lincecum is outstanding.  Lincecum is the second best pitcher in baseball this season.  Haren is better.  Period.

Scott Allen


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  • Derald Goyette

    Seriously, if we were talking about Zito instead of Lincecum you would have an arguement. step back and read your comments, your talking about two pitchers who are at the top of the major leagues in dominance and record. stop writing as if Herron was screwed because he wasn’t.

  • TimmyFan

    You said you would mention stikeouts later. You did not. Tim Lincecum 149, Dan Haren 129. Thats 20 more strickeouts in about the same number of innings. Haren is maybe the best in the league but Timmy getting the nod is not BS, he deserves it.

  • http://RaisingZona.com Scott Allen (azscott)

    I never said Lincecum didn’t deserve it. Haren just deserved it more. He was chose over Haren because of the wins and because he was sick last yr and was last years Cy Young winner. It should totally be about this year and this year alone. Statistically, Haren is better except for wins (which is more a team stat and he only trails by one there anyways) and the strikeouts, for which Haren is not lagging that far behind. It’s all about getting people out period and Haren has gotten more people out more often. His ERA, base on balls total, his opponents avg, they all sway in favor of Haren and you will never convince me otherwise. If Haren was a San Francisco Giant and Lincecum was a Diamondback I would be making the same argument.