Kevin Gausman still in All-Star form in Giants’ win, says MLB crackdown on foreign substances not a concern

Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman is so good that he’s in the conversation for starting the All-Star Game, even with the chief competitor enjoying a historic season.

Gausman pitched another spectacular game Thursday afternoon at sun-soaked Oracle Park, lasting eight overpowering and efficient innings in the Giants’ 10-3 rout of the Diamondbacks, who set a major-league record with their 23rd straight road loss.

An 8-1 record and 1.51 ERA normally would warrant an automatic All-Star start, but 2021 is the year of the Mets’ Jacob deGrom, whose nutty stats consist of an 0.54 ERA and 13.88-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (111 K’s, eight walks).

“He’s an animal,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said of deGrom. “I have the utmost respect for him. I’ve seen quite a bit of him, and I think he’s fantastic.

“Our guy gets my vote, obviously, because I see the work day in and day out. I see the preparation and I see the consistent performance and the ability to put the rest of our team on his shoulders, oftentimes. I think he’s worthy of consideration, and obviously, I’d be behind that a thousand percent.”

Gausman gave up two runs on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts, the 12th time in 14 starts he surrendered two or fewer runs — 11 times, it was zero or one run. He has as many as four starts left before the All-Star Game, and his next one will be his first with Major League Baseball cracking down on pitchers applying banned substances on the ball.

Umpires are to check pitchers regularly and ejections and 10-game suspensions can be given to anyone using anything beyond rosin, so everything from sunscreen to Spider Tack, as the rules state, is forbidden.