Earl Heath , Contributing Sports Writer
Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin were named National League All-Stars on for this years Midsummer Classic, giving Los Angeles four players on the NL squad.
This duo will join outfielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Trea Turner. They were voted in by fans. This marks the first time the Dodgers have multiple position players starting since the last time they hosted, in 1980.
The game will be played at Dodger Stadium for the first time in 42 years. A starter was not selected but it’s believed to be Kershaw who Has been selected for the 9th time. He breaks a tie with the legendary Don Drysdale.
The left-hander has a 2.40 ERA in 11 starts this season, with 69 strikeouts in 62⅔ innings. Kershaw missed a month on the injured list and doesn’t qualify for leaderboards, but among NL pitchers with at least 60 innings, he ranks fifth in ERA (2.40), fifth in ERA (2.72), fifth in FIP (2.57), sixth in strikeout-minus-walk rate (22.8 percent), and has the fourth-lowest walk rate (4.8 percent).
“I think it’s cool that people care. I’ve said it before — it just goes to show that I’ve been here a long time, which is special. I don’t take that for granted, to get to be here as long as I have,” Kershaw told Sports Net LA of the possibility of him starting the All-Star Game. “I know it would mean something to Dodgers fans, which is really cool.”
Gonsolin also has a case for a starter he is 11-0 with a 1.62 ERA in his breakout season, the major league leader in ERA and tied in wins with Justin Verlander, an American League All-Star.
Betts was voted to start the All-Star Game for the fourth time in his career, along with 2016-18 for the Red Sox.
The Cubs catcher Will Contreras will be making his third straight trip to the Classic. He and Wilson will be the first brother combination to make the squad since Sandy and Roberto Alamar in 1994.
An old friend (former Dodger) Joc Peterson will start for the National League.