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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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DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 3: Ryan Vogelsong #32 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of a game at Coors Field on September 3, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 3: Ryan Vogelsong #32 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of a game at Coors Field on September 3, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

4. Ryan Vogelsong

North Carolina seems to be a breeding ground for great San Francisco Giants pitcher. Not only was current ace Madison Bumgarner born there, but Ryan Vogelsong also hails from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Vogelsong was originally drafted by the Giants in the fifth round of the 1998 draft and he made his MLB debut in 2000. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates the following year in the deal that brought Jason Schmidt to San Francisco, only to rejoin the Giants in 2011 as a 33-year-old veteran.

He went a combined 27-16 with a 3.05 ERA in 59 starts in 2011 and 2012 and ended up winning a pair of World Series rings with the Giants during his seven seasons with the club.

In his four starts during the 2012 postseason, he went 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA, including a victory in Game 3 of the World Series.

He was named to the Giants Wall of Fame in 2018 and earns the No. 4 spot here in our rankings of the best Giants pitchers of the 2010s.

Vogelsong wrapped up his MLB career at 61-75 with a 4.48 ERA in 1,190 career innings.

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