At least for the time being, SF Giant outfielder Joc Pederson will be the team's only representative for the All-Star game in Los Angeles. Neither Carlos Rodón nor Logan Webb was selected following Sunday's announcement of All-Star reserves, which honestly put into question the validity of the entire process.
2 SF Giants starting pitchers completely snubbed out of NL All-Star game
Anyone who has watched the Giants know that, as a whole, they have been an inconsistent ball club. San Francisco currently has a 43-41 record, which is good for third place in the NL West.
They have not performed at the same level like the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, or the New York Mets. All three teams will have four representatives apiece.
However, San Francisco deserved at least one more representative. They would not be in the position they are currently in without Rodón or Webb.
By some measures, Rodón has been the best pitcher in the league. Among qualified starters, the left-handed hurler leads the National League in both fWAR (3.7) and FIP (2.13). His 11.16 K/9 and 2.70 ERA rank as the third-best and the eighth-best, respectively, as well.
With all that being said, Sandy Alcántara has been the best overall pitcher in the NL if you ask me (which no one ever does). Rodón is not too far behind.
If you put this all together, the eight-year veteran should be an All-Star without question. However, that is easier said than done as each team needs a representative. That rule can be frustrating at times, but at the end of the day, it is an exhibition game for the fans.
To his credit, Rodón had a very diplomatic response to being snubbed:
He was an All-Star in 2021 with the Chicago White Sox. He has the experience, so a second trip does not necessarily seem like a need for the hard-throwing lefty.
On the other hand, Logan Webb's snubbing is tough for a lot of reasons. He is in a similar boat as Rodón in that he has been one of the better pitchers in the league. For Webb, this is a trend that began midway through the 2021 season and has carried over into this year.
The 25-year-old hurler has the eighth-best fWAR (2.3), 12th-best ERA (2.98), and the seventh-best FIP (3.09) among qualified NL starting pitchers. Plus, he has the second-highest ground ball rate at 56.0 percent behind only Alcántara, who is slightly better with a 56.5 percent ground ball rate.
Webb is set to go through arbitration for the first time in the offseason and an All-Star selection would have been another stripe on his belt. It might not mean much in the long run, but it would have been a cool honor for Webb this season.
Nevertheless, there is still time for these snubs to be fixed. Both pitchers can still be picked as injury replacements, which happens every year. At the end of the day, the extra rest would be good for both as they have been workhorses so far in 2022 and they will be tasked will handling a heavy workload in the second half of the year.