RECORD: 34-24 (.586), First Place in the North Division (4.0 games ahead of the Modesto Nuts and Stockton Ports)
It's getting close to All-Star time, and with the game in the Bay Area, it's time to start asking: who will be on the team?
No, it's not the Major League All-Star game, it's the California League. On June 19, the All-Stars from California will meet the best of the Carolina League in Stockton in the yearly showcase.
So with the San Jose Giants leading the California League, what Giants might be helping to represent the west coast?
The unfortunate answer is: not many.
The Giants are a winning team, but they don't have too many outstanding individual players that have led to that success. And their best player, starting pitcher Dave McKae, has been promoted to the Connecticut Defenders and out of eligibility.
The remaining list starts with Paul Oseguera. Oseguera has been an all-around consistent pitcher with a 2.93 ERA, good enough for seventh in the California League, and has put up strong all-around numbers, although he hasn't been overwhelming in any one area other than his ERA.
Behind Oseguera, the Giants will probably also be able to expect that Taylor Wilding will be there. Wilding is tied for second in the league with nine saves, and has a stunning 0.74 ERA, and excellent strikeout numbers for a reliever. It's not a reach to say that Wilding has been the top closer in the League.
But who else? Reliever Kelvin Pichardo has been strong, but also inconsistent. Another reliever, Sergio Romo, hasn't been playing long enough to qualify. The only other Giants starter to merit consideration is Joe Martinez, who has been as consistent as expected, but may not be among the 13 best pitchers in the league.
And what about the hitters?
Well, it's very possible the Giants could be shut out of that department as well. The highest batting average on the team that qualifies for the race is Antoan Richardson's .265, which doesn't even rank in the Top 30 in the league. The best on-base plus slugging percentage ranking is David Maroul's .788, which again, is out of the Top 30 in the ranks.
All that said, the Giants remain the winningest team in the league and in line for a first round playoff bye. That, at least, says something.Player Of The Week: Sergio Romo
Romo has been a recent addition to the team, and a positive one. Romo has had some problems in the past week, blowing his first save of the year and giving up his first runs, but he's still been dominating for the most part when he's been out there, with a 1.06 ERA on the season so far.
By The Numbers: 9
Adam Witter is now in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak. The streak has been nice for the former slugger, but he has raised his average only to .258 on the season.
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