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Johnny Cueto seems like a safe pick.
Starting Pitcher: Josh Beckett, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Beckett's rough start Tuesday knocked his All-Star case down a peg, but it's still strong. Beyond his 2.46 ERA ranking fifth among NL starters, he has a terrific comeback story going for him.
Starting Pitcher: Johnny Cueto, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
Through 17 starts, Cueto is leading the NL in both ERA at 1.88 and in innings pitched with 124.1. He's a lock for what's frankly an overdue All-Star appearance.
Starting Pitcher: Zack Greinke, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Greinke has been a little up and down recently, but I can't see a guy with 10 wins and a 2.78 ERA in 17 starts being overlooked by NL players and Matheny. He's also leading NL starters with a 5.55 K/BB ratio.
Starting Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Though he missed all of April, there hasn't been a pitcher in the NL as dominant as Kershaw in 2014. With a league-best 12.14 K/9 and a 1.25 BB/9, he's pitched even better than his 2.04 ERA indicates. FanGraphs' Tony Blengino rightfully calls Kershaw "The Greatest Pitcher of This Era," and (just as rightfully) wrote this: "They simply don’t make them any better than Clayton Kershaw, circa 2014."
Starting Pitcher: Alfredo Simon, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
Hey, if Greinke makes the team with 10 wins and a 2.78 ERA, Simon will have to make it with 10 wins and a 2.81 ERA. We all had him pegged as an All-Star, right?
Starting Pitcher: Stephen Strasburg, RHP, Washington Nationals
With just a 7-6 record and a 3.53 ERA, Strasburg isn't doing so hot in the eyes of traditional stats. But he does have a comfortable league lead with 131 strikeouts, and that should get him in.
Starting Pitcher: Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves
Teheran has one of the best ERAs in the NL at 2.34 and is right there behind Cueto in innings with 119. Add in a 4.48 K/BB ratio and a solid 7-5 record, and he should make it.
Starting Pitcher: Adam Wainwright, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
Wainwright entered Wednesday ranked just behind Cueto in ERA at 2.01, fourth in innings with 116.1 and tied with Greinke and Simon for the NL lead with 10 wins. Yup, he'll make it.
Relief Pitcher: Craig Kimbrel, RHP, Atlanta Braves
Kimbrel opened Wednesday ranked second in the NL in saves with 26, first among NL relievers with a 15.47 K/9 and with an excellent 2.10 ERA. Basically, he's still very much Craig Kimbrel.
Relief Pitcher: Aroldis Chapman, LHP, Cincinnati Reds
Chapman got a late start to his season thanks to that nasty injury suffered in spring training, but he's done nothing but dominate since his return. He's saved 16 games in 23 appearances and struck out 46 of the 90 batters he's faced. Just over half of them.
Relief Pitcher: Francisco Rodriguez, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers
Rodriguez entered Wednesday leading the National League in saves with 27. That's enough for an automatic selection, and then you have his 2.34 ERA and 5.44 K/BB ratio.
Relief Pitcher: Rafael Soriano, RHP, Washington Nationals
Soriano is sitting on 19 saves through his first 33 appearances, and his 1.09 ERA is one of the best among NL closers. He should make the cut.
Relief Pitcher: Huston Street, RHP, San Diego Padres
There aren't many good Padres to choose from this year, but you're looking at the easiest choice for the All-Star team. Street has 22 saves in 30 appearances, and his 0.90 ERA is the best among NL closers.