Hello and happy Monday.
The San Francisco Giants have three All-Stars for the first time since 2016. On Sunday, right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman and shortstop Brandon Crawford were named NL All-Star reserves, where they’ll join starting catcher Buster Posey.
Both players felt like near locks, even at positions that are absolutely loaded with talent. Gausman, who was selected to his first All-Star Game, is rocking a 1.68 ERA and a 2.66 FIP, with 116 strikeouts to 25 walks in 101.2 innings. Crawford, who is now a three-time All-Star is having a star season with the best OPS+ (142) of his career, and a serious resurgence with his outstanding glove.
Gausman is scheduled to pitch in the Giants final game before the All-Star break, so he won’t actually be able to play in the game, even though he’ll be there. The NL team will need a pitcher replacement for him, and it could come from the Giants: Anthony DeSclafani and Tyler Rogers both have fairly decent cases for their first selection.
Either way, three All-Stars is worth celebrating, and the Giants just might celebrate it by taking baseball’s best record into the break. That would be fun.
Congrats to Buster, Brandon, and Kevin. Way to go, dudes.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
Madison Bumgarner’s shadow is hanging over the playoffs (Oct. 13, 2017 — Doug Bruzzone)
What time do the Giants play today?
The Giants play the St. Louis Cardinals today at 3:05 p.m. PT.
Have a wonderful Monday.