The New York Mets' Matt Harvey is hoping to start the All-Star game in front of his home crowd at Citi Field next week.
Delivering a strong showing in front of NL manager Bruce Bochy would surely help his chances.
Harvey has an opportunity to impress Bochy and add to the San Francisco Giants' recent woes Monday night in the opener of a four-game series.
In his first full season, Harvey (7-2, 2.27 ERA) has the third-lowest ERA in baseball and a league-leading 141 strikeouts. The 24-year-old, along with third baseman David Wright, will represent the Mets in the Midsummer Classic.
"It hasn't quite hit home yet," Harvey told MLB's official website. "It's definitely a huge honor, and I couldn't be more excited that it's in New York."
While Harvey certainly wants to start for the NL, he knows the choice lies in Bochy's hands.
"It's one thing I can't decide," Harvey said. "I've got two more starts left, and I have to go out there obviously and put up zeros, and do everything I can to...