Can we still believe in Ryan Vogelsong?

Updated: August 9, 2012, 4:32 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

San Francisco Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong has made 49 starts the past two seasons and his cumulative ERA is 2.51. His WHIP is 1.19. His strikeout rate is useful, he wins enough games to matter and nobody in the National League has a better ERA than his 2.27 mark this season. Now, because he's Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants have better pitchers (Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner) and more controversial, expensive ones (Tim Lincecum, Barry Zito) in the rotation, this guy gets overlooked. But as I watched him mow down the St. Louis Cardinals for seven shutout frames Wednesday night, I wondered: What more does this fellow have to do to earn respect?

Sure, Vogelsong is 100 percent owned in ESPN standard leagues. That's no surprise, nor is that the point. How many Vogelsong owners still worry from outing to outing what they're going to get, and is there anyone who expects his final ERA to be in the vicinity of his current mark?