Mariano deserves to start the game. He is the best pitcher in the American League, regardless of whether we're talking starter or closer. Having Mariano starting the all-star game at Yankee Stadium would be great..if not, lets hope he gets a chance to close it.
It is for home field in the WS and anyway since Mo earned his status pitching the 9th, WTF would you want him starting for?
Home Field advantage is a marketing gimmick for Fox and managers don't manage the game as life and death..if they did, you would not have wholesale substitutions throughout the game...they would leave your best players in the whole game.
All Star games are littered with starting pitchers coming in as relievers....but the converse is taboo ??
If the game is 11-2 National League heading into the top of the 9th, you think "Enter Sandman" has any meaning ??
Guarantee me that the AL is up one run heading into the ninth then I'm with you.
But since you can't, I would rather be CERTAIN that Mo's appearance has some "value" in this Stadium this year.
That may be so, but the very top players are residing in the Senior League more-so than the AL. Especially Starting pitching wise and it's not close.
The AL may be deeper, but the NL has more top end players, and I think that's what he meant.
Don't waste your time......Tampa is here to stay while Florida is a pretender in their eyes.
The NL has closed the gap and may move right on by the AL. There are also more NL teams with winning records than the AL so not sure where the "far and away" comment comes from. It always seems that whenever the Yanks are mediocre we hear how tough the AL is. The only reason the AL has ever been stronger is because line-ups rosters are built differently due to the DH.