WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg could be in line for the start in his first career All-Star Game, though the Nats' ace isn't concerned with receiving the honor.
Manager Tony La Russa will have final say over who starts for the National League team, and he has a stable of impressive pitchers to choose from. The Giants' Matt Cain (9-3, 2.53 ERA) and the Mets' R.A. Dickey (12-1, 2.15 ERA) both have posted better numbers than Strasburg (9-3, 2.81), though the 23-year-old Washington righty figures to bring a high profile to the game -- not to mention his MLB-leading 122 strikeouts.
"No, it doesn't matter to me at all," Strasburg said of starting in Kansas City on July 10. "There's other guys that have been selected that have obviously done a lot more this year and put up crazy numbers who, in my opinion, are more fitting for it."
Strasburg added that while he, along with fellow starter Gio Gonzalez and shortstop Ian Desmond are excited to represent Washington as All-Stars, there are several other teammates who also played significant roles in giving the Nats' the NL's best record at the break.
"I think it's important to remember that because we're in first place, we're able to get three guys in the All-Star Game," Strasburg said. "We wouldn't be in first place without a lot of other guys in the clubhouse. So just from a pitching perspective, how many times has Adam LaRoche come up big this year? Obviously with [Bryce Harper] coming up, giving us a lot of new life and everything. Then Craig Stammen did an awesome job this year, [Tyler Clippard], [Ross Detwiler] moving all around in the rotation, and obviously with the other starters in there, too, it's been huge."