MLB corrects snubbing by selecting SF Giants lefty as an All-Star
That glaring omission was fixed on Tuesday as the 29-year-old pitcher along with Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez and Miami Marlins outfielder Garrett Cooper were announced as All-Star replacements. They will be filling in for Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader, Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper, and Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez.
This will be the second straight All-Star appearance for Rodón. Hopefully, Logan Webb is announced as a replacement soon enough as well.
It is no exaggeration to say that Rodón has been one of the best pitchers in baseball, and arguably the best pitcher in the National League.
The eight-year veteran has registered a 2.70 ERA, 2.14 WHIP, 1.06 WHIP, 11.2 K/9, and a 3.88 SO/W ratio in 17 starts with the Giants this season. If he continues at this pace, Rodón will have the highest single-season K/9 in franchise history. The current high of 10.6 K/9 was set by Kevin Gausman just last season.
Rodón leads qualified National League starters with a 3.7 fWAR and a 2.14 FIP. His 2.70 ERA is the eighth-highest in the league.
These numbers include a stellar outing in a 3-1 victory against the San Diego Padres over the weekend where he yielded one earned run on three hits, two walks, and 12 strikeouts while going the distance for a complete game.
The Giants originally signed Rodón to a two-year, $44 million pact in the offseason and that has quickly become one of the best free-agent deals handed out last winter. He will have an opt-out clause next offseason if he reaches 120 innings. He has currently tallied 100 innings so far this year.
San Francisco has a 43-42 record on the year and would be in a worse position if not for Rodón's contributions. His stint in a Giants uniform might be a short one, but he is quickly putting together one of the more impressive seasons for a pitcher in franchise history.