Tim Lincecum has nudged Dan Haren out to start the All-Star game. While Lincecum has clearly been very good this season he has not put up the numbers that Dan Haren has. Haren leads the league in ERA with 2.01, K/BB with 8.06, and his WHIP with .81. Lincecum does not even come close to Haren's stats in these catagories with a 2.33 ERA, a 4.38 K/BB ratio, and a WHIP of 1.05.
You could make the Argument that Lincecum is more of a strikeout pitcher than Haren but he only has 20 more strikeouts than him. You could also say "well he hasn't allowed 12 homers like Haren" but Lincecum doesn't play in a hitters park like Haren does. There doesn't really seem to be any justification for Lincecum starting over Haren other than the fact that he is on a winning team and has gotten national exposure. Haren is pitching for a small market team that is not playing well at all this season and that is probably the biggest reason why he is not starting at the All-Star game.
Should Haren be starting over Lincecum?
Yes, Haren has been better than Lincecum (261 votes)
No, Lincecum deserves this just as much as Haren (97 votes)
Don't care (36 votes)
394 total votes