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Tim Lincecum & Brian Wilson Named All-Stars

By Bryan Rose

Brian Wilson will make his second trip to the mid summer classic in three years – Tim Lincecum one up’s him, making his third consecutive trip.

Wilson was widely expected to make the trip to Anaheim this year as he’s been one of the most dominating and consistent closers in the National League this year converting 22 of 24 save opportunities and getting the Giants out of more disasters than BP could dream of.

Lincecum has struggled by Lincecum standards, but, still holds the National League lead in strikeouts and holds an 8-4 record with a 3.28 ERA, elite numbers for 99% of other pitchers. Baggs points out in his blog that Lincecum is the first Giants pitcher to make three consecutive All-Star teams since Juan Marichal was a mainstay from 1962-69.

Bruce Bochy will also make the trip down I-5 and help out NL manager Charlie Manuel.

The one glaring omission from the roster is Giants pitcher Matt Cain. Cain was all but a lock into the All-Star game until two weeks ago, however, two terrible starts later his once impressive ERA ballooned to 2.93 after giving up 11 runs in only 7.2 innings. Combine that with the impressive starting pitching in the National League – his margin for error was quite slim.