Despite the strong start to the 2023 season, the SF Giants were disappointed to have just one player elected to the All-Star Game in elite closer Camilo Doval, but now, he is joined by yet another pitcher having an incredible season.
SF Giants starter to join National League All-Star team
No, it's not Logan Webb, who leads the teams in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, and starts, but Alex Cobb, the 35-year-old veteran who has been the most effective starter in the rotation when healthy this year.
In 16 starts, Cobb has compiled an impressive 6-2 record with a 2.91 ERA over 89.2 innings of work, and even as he gets into his 12th year at the big league level, his stuff has been as electric as ever all season long.
Despite all the talent and some stellar campaigns in the past, this is the first All-Star selection of his career, and when it was revealed to the locker room, it was clear that they were just as excited for him as he was, a great glimpse into the camaraderie that Gabe Kapler has instilled in this club house.
It's no secret that the Giants need some starting pitching help as the trade deadline draws near, but if they can continue to get this type of success from Cobb and Webb at the top of the rotation, there's no doubt that if the Giants make the playoffs, they will be more than a handful against any opponent.
On a different note, it is extremely cool to see Cobb make his first All-Star team. He originally came up as a promising pitcher with the Tampa Bay Rays and experienced a lot of success early on as he posted a 3.21 ERA in his first four seasons.
He was primed to be a top-of-the-rotation arm, but poor luck occurred as he was struck in the head by a line drive in 2013 and underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015. It took him years to fully regain his footing and he has done so nicely since joining San Francisco. This is a very cool honor for the veteran pitcher.