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San Francisco Giants: Five best starting pitchers of the 2010s

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the top of the first inning at AT&T Park on September 16, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the top of the first inning at AT&T Park on September 16, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 22: Johnny Cueto #47 of the San Francisco Giant pitches in the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 22: Johnny Cueto #47 of the San Francisco Giant pitches in the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Honorable Mention: Johnny Cueto

Previously the ace of the Cincinnati Reds staff, Cueto made his way to the San Francisco Giants in 2016 after twice finishing in the top five in NL Cy Young voting.

Despite spending just a few seasons with the Giants during the decade and spending significant time on the injured list, he has been a valuable asset when healthy.

In his first season with the team, he went 18-5 with a 2.79 ERA and 198 strikeouts in 219.2 innings to finish sixth in Cy Young balloting. He was 13-1 with a 2.47 ERA in the first half that year, earning the start for the NL squad in the All-Star Game.

Injuries limited him to 25 starts in 2017 and he made just nine starts in 2018 before he landed on the disabled list and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery. He has been on the comeback trail ever since, and there’s a chance we could see him back in action in September. Will he return to his normal caliber of pitching to help for the stretch run?

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