Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Former Atlanta Braves pitcher and current
baseball analyst John Smoltz believes that New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey
deserves to start for the National League in the upcoming All-Star Game that
will be held in front of his home crowd at Citi Field.
"The Mets are in transition. They've had a nice rebound the last month, but he
deserves to start the All-Star Game," said Smoltz during a conference call
promoting the upcoming American Century Championship celebrity golf
tournament. "The city deserves to see him start the All-Star Game and I
guarantee [National League manager] Bruce Bochy isn't upset with him starting
the All-Star Game if he does, because it helps the National League get a leg
New York manager Terry Collins, who will be on Bochy's All-Star staff, is
doing his part to make sure Harvey gets the nod, skipping the right-hander's
final scheduled start before the break on Saturday against the Pirates.
"It's a brilliant move," said Smoltz of Collins' decision.
Harvey is 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 19 starts over the first half
of the season. His ERA is fourth-best in the National League and his 147
strikeouts over 130 innings are tops in the Senior Circuit.
"He's a cross between Tom Seaver and Roger Clemens," said Smoltz of Harvey.
"He's got an incredible future."
Smoltz hits Edgewood Golf Course in Tahoe, NV from July 19-21 to participate
in the American Century Championship. An avid golfer, Smoltz is listed at 5-1
odds to win the tournament, which can be seen on NBC Sports Network Friday,
July 19 and on NBC Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21.
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