SF Giants’ Carlos Rodón, Logan Webb snubbed from initial All-Star selections

SF Giants’ Carlos Rodón, Logan Webb snubbed from initial All-Star selections

SAN DIEGO — There have been few more dominant displays of pitching this season than the nine-inning masterpiece Carlos Rodón turned in to beat the Padres on Saturday. Just past the midpoint of the season, it was only the 12th game all year in which a pitcher completed all nine innings.

Yet, less than 24 hours after Rodón leapt in the air in celebration of the 27th and final out of the 3-1 win, he was excluded from the initial National League All-Star roster. Rotation mate Logan Webb, who ranks just behind Rodón (2.70, 9th) in the NL ERA leaders (2.98, 12th), was also left off the roster.

“Competing for my team is way more important than pitching in an All-Star Game. It is what it is. If you don’t like it, pitch better,” said Rodón, who was more disappointed for others’ snubs than his own. “I made it last year. … For guys that have never been like Webby and some other guys around the league, it’s probably a bummer for them because they put together such a good first half.”

For now, the Giants’ only representative at next Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium will be outfielder Joc Pederson, who was voted in as a starter. More likely than not, this is a result of the Giants’ middling 43-41 record.

But every year, there is a group of pitchers who aren’t able to participate in the game because of injuries or how their club’s rotation lines up. Rodón and Webb figure to be among the first replacements should the need arise.

Rodón leads all National League starting pitchers with 3.7 fWAR. His 11.16 K/9 ranks second. Only Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes and Miami’s Sandy Alcantara have generated more swings and misses, and only Burnes has struck out more batters. Nobody has allowed fewer home runs per nine innings.

Webb checks in a 3.0 fWAR, second on the team and ninth among NL starting pitchers.

Alex Wood, who followed Rodón’s complete game with seven shutout innings on Sunday, said he thought Rodón was a “slam dunk,” while Webb “was maybe a 50-50 shot.”

“I was pretty surprised,” Wood said. “But it’s hard to make the All-Star team, man. It’s not an easy thing to do. It’s unfortunate. I feel for him a lot because it’s a great honor to make the All-Star team. You have to be pretty damn good just to be considered, much less make it. He’s an All-Star to me, for sure.”

Source: Paradise Post

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