San Francisco Giants: 8 Candidates to Make the 2012 All-Star Team
Last year, the San Francisco Giants had five players represent them in the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, thanks in part to manager Bruce Bochy's "homerism."
There is a good chance that they won't have five all-stars this season, but they are guaranteed to have at least one.
There are several players on their roster who deserve the honor of representing the Giants at the all-star game. Not all of them will make it, but here is a look a few possible candidates.
Buster Posey: Catcher
What a feel-good story this would be.
After sitting out most of last season from an injury due to a collision at the plate, Buster Posey probably has the best chance out of anyone to represent the Giants in the 2012 All-Star Game.
His stat-line is impressive: .306 BA 6 HR 23 RBI
Although there are four catchers in the National League with higher batting-averages, the fans will most likely choose Posey as the starting catcher.
Melky Cabrera: Outfield
Was this guy a steal or what?
Melky Cabrera was acquired in a trade from the Kansas City Royals for pitcher Jonathon Sanchez, who is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA with the Royals.
All Melky has done is lead the National League in hits (67), and place third in batting average (.362).
Ever since Pablo Sandoval went down with an injury, Cabrera has been absolutely on fire, at times single-handedly winning games for the Giants.
Based on his stats, Melky should be on the all-star team.
Pablo Sandoval: 3B
Don't count him out just yet.
From SB Nation:
Sandoval tweeted on Wednesday that he took some swings off a tee, about 25 to be exact, and felt no pain. That was his first time playing t-ball since suffering his broken hamate bone in his left hand at the beginning of May, a great sign that he is on the road to recovery.
He will still has some rehab to finish before heading down to Fresno for a minor league rehab assignment, but it's looking more and more likely that he'll be ready to rejoin the Giants in the next two to three weeks.
If he can get back in the next few weeks, the Panda will still have about a month before the Midsummer Classic on July 10.
He was hitting .316 before the injury, which is good enough for third among NL third basemen.
Angel Pagan: Outfield
This may be a long-shot, but Angel Pagan has been a pleasant surprise so far.
He is hitting over .300, and has had hit-steaks of 20 games and 11 games, respectively,
Madison Bumgarner: Pitcher
Madison Bumgarner is in the midst of his best season in the major leagues. He leads the team in wins (5-3) and has a stellar 2.85 ERA.
Of the Giants starters, Bumgarner is the favorite to land a spot in the all-star team.
Ryan Vogelsong: Pitcher
After coming out of nowhere to make the all-star team in 2011, Ryan Vogelsong is following that up with yet another solid start to the 2012 season.
His 2.50 ERA leads all Giants' starters, and he is another strong candidate to make the team.
Matt Cain: Pitcher
After signing a $127.5 million-dollar contract, Matt Cain is trying his best to earn every cent of it.
He has been solid this season, going 4-2 with a 2.94 ERA.
Sergio Romo: Relief Pitcher
He's no Brian Wilson, but opposing hitters should "fear the beard" of Sergio Romo.
He leads the Giants with a 0.64 ERA, and has been nearly unhittable.
If none of the above players make it, Romo might be the Giants' all-star by default.