MLB All-Star Game: What to Expect from the San Francisco Giants' Starters

Steve Maze@N/ACorrespondent IIJuly 3, 2012

MLB All-Star Game: What to Expect from the San Francisco Giants' Starters

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    The San Francisco Giants are sending four representatives to the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, and all of them have the potential to have a large impact on the game.

    All three of the Giants position players were voted into the starting lineup, meaning they'll get their licks early.

    Regardless of the batting order, all will get an at-bat against the best the American League has to offer.

    The following are predictions for how the Giants will perform as starters in the All-Star Game.

Buster Posey

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    First-Half Numbers: .303 AVG, 10 HRs, 42 RBI.

    After an outstanding rookie year and an unfortunate second-year injury, Posey finally makes his first all-star appearance—as a starter, nonetheless.

    Expect Posey to have nerves, as he is one of the youngest participants. Hopefully, though, his position as catcher will help calm him down and focus on more than just his one at-bat.

    With his opposite-field approach, Posey will look to put the ball in play and hit one of his classic line drives over the second baseman's head for a single.

Pablo Sandoval

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    First-Half Numbers: .300 AVG, 6 HRs, 25 RBI.

    After spending time on the DL for a broken hand, the "Panda" returned just as hot as he started the season.

    In his second All-Star Game appearance, Sandoval will look to repeat last year's clutch performance. In his one at-bat, Sandoval hit an RBI ground-rule double.

    Sandoval is as free a swinger as they come, and he will be looking to blast a ball out of the park. If any pitcher makes a location mistake, look for the "Panda" to unwind and try to poke one into the outfield seats.

Melky Cabrera

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    First-Half Numbers: .352 AVG, 7 HRs, 39 RBI.

    In his first season by the bay, the "Melk Man" has been one of the leading hitters in the National League.

    This is Cabrera's first all-star selection, so, like Posey, he will have some nerves.

    Cabrera is a smooth hitter, though, and will likely not be trying to do more than just make solid contact with the ball. His many years in the American League may come as an advantage, as he may have history with the potential starting pitcher for the AL.

Matt Cain

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    First Half Numbers: 9-3, 2.53 ERA, 114 SO.

    Selected after his electrifying first half, which included a perfect game, Cain is heading to his third All-Star Game.

    Although this is the third time Cain has been voted as an all-star, he has yet to throw a pitch in an All-Star Game. Injured in 2009 and not used in 2011, Cain will hopefully see some action this year.

    Whether he starts or not, Cain will be pitching for strikeouts against the very dangerous American League lineup.

    For all of the Giants, being selected as an all-star is a huge honor. With the game still deciding home field advantage for the World Series, though, look for Giants players to be putting in a little extra effort than most.