The San Francisco Giants have four players that made the All-Star team—and deservedly so.
Buster Posey, Melky Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval were voted in by the fans as starters. Matt Cain was named as one of the pitchers by National League manager Tony La Russa.
I do believe that David Wright should have been the starter at third base over Sandoval, though. Wright is having a monster year, batting .354 with nine home runs, 50 RBI, 53 runs scored and eight stolen bases. All of these numbers are far better than Sandoval's.
Sandoval did deserve his spot on the team—just as a reserve. In addition to the greater stats, Wright has played in 75 games to Sandoval's 45.
There are other Giants that deserved consideration, including Santiago Casilla, Sergio Romo and Angel Pagan. However, there are two players in particular who got a raw deal.
Starting pitchers Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong both deserved to be included on the NL squad. To not have either one of these two on the roster is a travesty.
Bumgarner, at the age of 22, has turned into an extremely solid, reliable pitcher. He pitches with a confidence and maturity that belies his age. In reality, Bumgarner would be the ace of many teams' starting rotations.
Bumgarner has made 16 starts and holds a record of 10-4 with an ERA of 2.85. In 110.2 innings of work, he has allowed only 95 hits and 22 walks while striking out 92. Bumgarner's WHIP ratio is also outstanding at 1.057.
The national media has not seen enough of Bumgarner. I'm sure his rocket arm and penchant for snot rockets would be a sight to see on the national stage.
At the opposite end of the age spectrum is Ryan Vogelsong, who will turn 35 later this month. The one-time journeyman has found a home pitching for the Giants and he is proving that his success in 2011 was no fluke.
Vogelsong made the All-Star team last year and should have made the squad again this season. In 15 starts, Vogelsong has a record of 7-3 with a tremendous ERA of 2.26.
Consistency is something manager Bruce Bochy has come to rely on with Vogelsong. He has thrown at least six innings in every one of his starts. In 103.2 innings pitched, Vogelsong has allowed just 81 hits, walked 34 and struck out 72. His WHIP of 1.109 is also fantastic.
It is my hope that if another pitcher is unable to play in this game, Bumgarner or Vogelsong will get the call. They both deserve the honor based on their performance this year.