San Francisco Giants' Ryan Vogelsong Will Represent Team USA in World Baseball Classic

By Dan Parzych
(Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

Expectations will be high for the San Francisco Giants once again heading into the 2013 season, as they look to continue flirting with the dynasty label by claiming their third World Series title in four years. One of the main reasons why the Giants were so successful in 2012 was because of the dominant pitching from Ryan Vogelsong, and now, it looks like the 35-year-old will help represent Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

Vogelsong was an easy choice for this year’s roster, considering he’s posted a 27-16 record over the last two seasons to go along with a 3.05 ERA. In fact, Vogelsong set a career-high in wins in 2012 after finishing with a 14-9 record with 158 strikeouts–which also happens to be a career-high.

With the way he’s performed over the last two seasons, the Giants hope Vogelsong won’t be slowing down anytime soon, as he’ll be a key factor to defending their World Series title in 2013. Vogelsong seems like the player that has been getting better and better with age over the last two seasons, and with San Francisco having one of the best lineups in baseball, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be considered one of the top contenders in the National League.

Until then though, Vogelsong will have his mind focused on helping Team USA win this year’s World Baseball Classic with his dominant pitching as they kick off this year’s tournament on March 8 in Arizona with a key matchup against Mexico.

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