Catcher: Yadier Molina (STL)
First Base: Joey Votto (CIN)
Second Base: Matt Carpenter (STL)
Third Base: Pedro Alvarez (PIT)
Shortstop: Jean Segura (MIL)
Outfield: Carlos Gomez (MIL), Andrew McCutchen (PIT), Shin-Soo Choo (CIN)
Designated Hitter: Jay Bruce (CIN)
I anticipate a lot of debate over this slide, but at least we can all agree on one thing.
There is not a single Cub who belongs in this lineup.
You could maybe—repeat, maybe—make a case for Anthony Rizzo as the backup first baseman, but I would rather have Allen Craig's .312 batting average coming off the bench than Rizzo's .245 average.
Even excluding Chicago from the discussion, the other four members of the NL Central are submitting a ton of quality candidates.
There's no debate about whether Molina deserves to be the starting catcher, but kudos to Russell Martin for remaining relevant. First base and shortstop are similarly beyond reproach—Votto and Segura will likely lock down the starting gig for the NL All-Star team.
Beyond that, the choices are about as clear as mud.
Matt Carpenter has become a poor man's Ben Zobrist in the sabermetric community—piling up an impressive WAR by playing solid defense at multiple positions and batting north of .300. He doesn't have nearly the power that Brandon Phillips has, though.
Having gone with WAR over power at second base, I took the opposite approach at third base, electing to go with Alvarez instead of Todd Frazier. I promise I don't hate Cincinnati, even though their guys ended up on the wrong end of those two arbitrary decisions.
It blows my mind that neither Ryan Braun nor Carlos Beltran has a spot in this lineup, but where would you put them? (Especially with Braun on the disabled list with no return in sight). You don't want Beltran in the outfield because of his horrible defense, but are you seriously taking him at DH ahead of Jay Bruce?