Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer will start the All-Star Game. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports)

As anticipated, Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer has been named the National League’s starting pitcher for the All-Star Game in Miami on Tuesday night. Red Sox lefty Chris Sale, whom the Nationals nearly traded for during the offseason, got the nod for the American League.

Scherzer leads the NL in ERA (2.10), WHIP (0.78), strikeouts per nine innings (12.13) and total strikeouts (173). His closest competition for Tuesday’s start was Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who was removed from contention after pitching on Sunday.

Even had Kershaw not pitched, Scherzer probably had a good enough case to start the game. He is the first pitcher in major league history to strike out 170 batters in the first half of a season while maintaining a WHIP under 0.80. With renewed bite on his already formidable slider, Scherzer struck out 48 percent of right-handed hitters he faced. For reference, no starter struck out more than 36 percent of the hitters he faced in the first half, and only Sale struck out a higher total percentage than Scherzer (35.5 percent).

Scherzer also started the 2013 All-Star Game, though he pitched for the American League that year. He has made five consecutive all-star teams since 2013, a span in which he won two Cy Young Awards.

His last start of the first half came Friday night against the Braves, meaning Scherzer will be on three days’ rest for the All-Star Game on Tuesday night. The Nationals have not announced their rotation out of the break yet, though it would seem unlikely that Scherzer would start Friday. He would be on regular rest Sunday.

With Scherzer’s inclusion, the Nationals will have four players in the National League starting lineup – and the three oldest in Scherzer, Ryan Zimmerman, and Daniel Murphy. The Astros are second with three starters. Zimmerman will play first base and bat seventh. Murphy will play second and bat fifth. Bryce Harper will play right field and bat third.

Here are the rest of the starters:

Charlie Blackmon CF
Giancarlo Stanton DH
Bryce Harper RF
Buster Posey C
Daniel Murphy 2B
Nolan Arenado 3B
Ryan Zimmerman 1B
Marcell Ozuna LF
Zack Cozart SS
Max Scherzer RHP

Jose Altuve 2B
Jose Ramirez 3B
Aaron Judge RF
George Springer LF
Carlos Correa SS
Justin Smoak 1B
Corey Dickerson DH
Salvador Perez C
Mookie Betts CF
Chris Sale LHP