The "Other" All-Star Team

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It is hard to lose 12 games in a row even if they are spaced out by a year, but the National League has found a way to do that.  However, the National League is on the better end of a 40-37 record in the Midsummer Classic. 

Here is the team that will break the 12-year winning streak of the American League.


Catcher

Clearly Should Be In

Brian McCann (.316 BA, 8 HR, 31 RBI, 22 R, .405 OBP, 3 SB)
Yadier Molina (.277 BA, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 25 R, .342 OBP, 4 SB)

Too Early to Apologize

Not much to apologize for.  Bengie Molina's awful .252 BA and .262 OBP scratched him off the list immediately although he had good power numbers.  I also gave Yadier points based on his defense behind the plate. 

Pablo Sandoval is listed as a catcher, but he has only played three games there this season, so be aware of that before yelling at me. 

Milwaukee, Get Your Act Together

Jason Kendall (.223 BA, 0 HR, 20 RBI, 23 R, .314 OBP)

He is fourth in the voting.



First Base

Clearly Should Be In

Albert Pujols has struck out just 30 times this year (.328 BA, 28 HR, 74 RBI, 59 R, .451 OBP, 9 SB)
Adrian Gonzalez (.271 BA, 24 HR, 47 RBI, 48 R, .413 OBP)
Prince Fielder (.301 BA, 19 HR, 73 RBI, 44 R, .421 OBP)

Too Early to Apologize

Lance Berkman (.252 BA, 16 HR, 45 RBI, 36 R, .382 OBP)

I'd also like to apologize to Joey Votto because, without his injury, he'd at least be in this list. 

Annoying Vote-Getter ESPN Causes/Coach's Pick

Ryan Howard (.256 BA, 20 HR, 59 RBI, 47 R, .330 OBP, 3 SB)

Home runs are sexy, but striking out a ton while not walking is not.  Howard has struck out 92 times while walking just 30 times.  Berkman is having an extremely inconsistent year, but still has average and power numbers right with Howard while having a good OBP.  Howard is second in votes right now.   

I'll never understand why people draft Howard in the first round of fantasy baseball when you can get Adam Dunn in the seventh.



Second Base

Clearly Should Be In

Chase Utley (.302 BA, 16 HR, 51 RBI, 52 R, .433 OBP, 7 SB)
Orlando Hudson (.303 BA, 5 HR, 41 RBI, 48 R, .371 OBP, 6 SB)
Brandon Phillips (.273 BA, 11 HR, 51 RBI, 38 R, .343 OBP, 11 SB)

Too Early to Apologize

Clint Barmes (.289 BA, 9 HR, 38 RBI, 41 R, .335 OBP, 6 SB)
Freddy Sanchez (.313 BA, 6 HR, 31 RBI, 40 R, .351 OBP, 4 SB)
Felipe Lopez (.305, 4 HR, 16 RBI, 38 R, .359 OBP, 6 SB)
Skip Schumaker (.297 BA, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 42 R, .358 OBP)

Sorry, guys, but it is hard to beat those three who are clearly in offensively or defensively. 

Wanted to But Absolutely Could Not

Dan Uggla (.225 BA, 15 HR, 45 RBI, 38 R, .335 OBP)

See bold numbers.

Milwaukee, Get Your Act Together

Rickie Weeks has played in 37 games and is in third in the voting.


Shortstop

Clearly Should Be In

Hanley Ramirez (.333 BA, 12 HR, 51 RBI, 47 R, .400 OBP, 11 SB)
Miguel Tejada (.330 BA, 6 HR, 41 RBI, 40 R, .358 OBP)

Too Early to Apologize

Troy Tulowitski (.263 BA, 12 HR, 31 RBI, 40 R, .357 OBP, 11 SB)
Cristian Guzman (.330 BA, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 39 R, .347 OBP)

Annoying Vote-Getter ESPN Causes

Jimmy Rollins (.211 BA, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 41 R, .254 OBP, 10 SB)
Jose Reyes (.279 BA, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 18 R, .355 OBP, 11 SB)

We get it, Eric Young and Joe Morgan, you like Jimmy Rollins, but his numbers hate you.  He is currently second in voting at second base. 

Jose Reyes has played in 36 games and is fifth in voting. 

Milwaukee, Get Your Act Together

J.J. Hardy (.220 BA, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 34 R, .294 OBP)

He is third in the voting. 


Third Base

Clearly Should Be In

Mark Reynolds (.268 BA, 21 HR, 54 RBI, 49 R, .358 OBP, 13 SB)
Ryan Zimmerman (.299, 12 HR, 43 RBI, 49 R, .371 OBP)
David Wright (.342 BA, 4 HR, 39 RBI, 47 R, .432 OBP, 20 SB)

Too Early to Apologize

Pablo Sandoval (.340 BA, 11 HR, 38 RBI, 33 R, .391 OBP)
Casey Blake (.293 BA, 11 HR, 48 RBI, 41 R, .359 OBP)
Chipper Jones (.289 BA, 9 HR, 33 RBI, 36 R, .404 OBP)
Jorge Cantu (.289 BA, 9 HR, 33 RBI, 36 R, .329 OBP)

You can argue Sandoval or Blake over Zimmerman, but I went with Zimmerman because he has the higher average and OBP than Blake and has the better power numbers than Sandoval. 

This was easily the hardest position to make decisions on. 

Wanted to but Absolutely Could Not

Ian Stewart
(.220 BA, 14 HR, 39 RBI, 34 R, .298 OBP)

See bold numbers.

 

Why?

Pedro Feliz (.287 BA, 4 HR, 38 RBI, 29 R, .331 OBP)

He is fourth in the voting while Mark Reynolds is not even top five. 

Milwaukee, Get Your Act Together

Bill Hall (.199 BA, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 18 R, .260 OBP)

He is fifth in voting.  


Outfield

Clearly Should Be In

Raul Ibanez (.312 BA, 22 HR, 59 RBI, 51 R, .371 OBP, 4 SB)
Ryan Braun
(.324 BA, 16 HR, 53 RBI, 55 R, .415 OBP, 6 SB)
Justin Upton (.318 BA, 14 HR, 45 RBI, 48 R, .399 OBP, 10 SB)
Brad Hawpe (.329 BA, 12 HR, 55 RBI, 43 R, .402 OBP)
Matt Kemp (.311 BA, 10 HR, 41 RBI, 42 R, .373 OBP, 18 SB)
Carlos Beltran (.336 BA, 8 HR, 40 RBI, 40 R, .425 OBP, 11 SB)

Beltran's Replacement—Hunter Pence (.316 BA, 10 HR, 32 RBI, 43 R, .389 OBP, 8 SB)

Too Early to Apologize

Adam Dunn (.257 BA, 19 HR, 53 RBI, 35 R, .396 OBP)
Jayson Werth (.271 BA, 15 HR, 43 RBI, 51 R, .364 OBP, 10 SB)
Andre Eithier (.261 BA, 14 HR, 50 RBI, 39 R, .357 OBP, 4 SB)
Carlos Lee (.299 BA, 12 HR, 44 RBI, 33 R, .353 OBP)
Michael Bourn (.300 BA, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 43 R, .377 OBP, 25 SB)
Shane Victorino (.296 BA, 5 HR, 34 RBI, 51 R, .363 OBP, 12 SB)

Correction.  This was the hardest position to make decisions on. 

Dunn, Werth and Eithier lost points based on average.  If Dunn batted .270 then he'd be in. 

Lee, Bourn and Victorino just missed the cut.  Lee's power numbers aren't there this year, while Bourn and Victorino were barely beaten out by Kemp and Pence. 

Kemp wins in all categories except runs to both (loses by just one to Bourn), OBP to Bourn and stolen bases to Bourn.  Kemp clearly beats Victorino, but was nearly overtaken by Bourn's numbers and cool last name. 

The Pence vs. Victorino vs. Bourn matchup was nearly impossible to decide.

Why?

Alfonso Soriano (.235 BA, 14 HR, 32 RBI, 47 R, .300 OBP, 7 SB)

He is fourth in the voting.  He was very close to being the "idiot pick", but we all know who wins that one. 

Rick Ankiel (.237 BA, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 29 R, .295 OBP)

Look for his dramatic story on VH1's Behind the Wild Pitch since ESPN stopped telling it after he was caught with performance enhancing drugs.  Also look for him in eighth in voting while Upton is in 15th and Kemp is in 13th.

Ryan Ludwick (.231 BA, 11 HR, 38 RBI, 25 R, .303 OBP)

Cardinal fans, I know you like begging for curtain calls even after first-inning home runs, but come on, there is no reason Ludwick should have nearly a million votes. 

Milwaukee, Get Your Act Together

Mike Cameron (.243 BA, 12 HR, 45 RBI, 41 R, .353 OBP)
Corey Hart (.246 BA, 9 HR, 33 RBI, 43 R, .317 OBP, 5 SB)

This voting is making the Midwest look terrible.  These two (Cameron in seventh and Hart in 10th) should not be ahead of Kemp or Upton.

No Chance Due to Fantasy-Baseball-Related Hatred

Jay Bruce (.214 BA, 18 HR, 40 RBI, 38 R, .298 OBP, 3 SB)

The Idiot Vote

Manny Ramirez has played in 27 games due to a suspension regarding steroids and is sixth in the voting.


Pitching

Certainly Should Be In

Javier Vazquez
(5-7, 3.04 ERA, 125 Ks, 1.06 WHIP)
Tim Lincecum (7-2, 2.57 ERA, 124 Ks, 1.14 WHIP)
Dan Haren (6-5, 2.25 ERA, 104 Ks, .81 WHIP)
Yovani Gallardo (8-4, 2.86 ERA 102 Ks, 1.16 WHIP)
Johan Santana (9-5, 3.08 ERA, 100 Ks, 1.20 WHIP)
Chad Billingsley (9-3, 3.10 ERA, 99 Ks, 1.27 WHIP)
Josh Johnson (7-1, 2.76 ERA, 94 Ks, 1.08 WHIP)
Matt Cain (9-2, 2.57 ERA, 85 Ks, 1.23 WHIP)
Johnny Cueto (7-4, 2.86 ERA, 70 Ks, 1.14 WHIP)



Closers

Heath Bell (21 saves, 1.39 ERA, 36 Ks, .99 WHIP)
Francisco Rodriguez (20 saves, 1.23 ERA, 39 Ks, 1.15 WHIP)
Jonathan Broxton (18 saves, 2.27 ERA, 57 Ks, .81 WHIP)

Too Early to Apologize

Jake Peavy (6-6, 3.97 ERA, 92 Ks, 1.19 WHIP)
Wandy Rodriguez (6-6, 3.35 ERA, 90 Ks, 1.33 WHIP)
Adam Wainwright (8-5, 3.51 ERA, 89 Ks, 1.34 WHIP)
Ted Lilly (7-5, 3.41 ERA, 81 Ks, 1.11 WHIP)
Doug Davis (3-8, 3.28 ERA, 73 Ks, 1.36 WHIP)
Jair Jurrijens (5-6, 2.93 ERA, 68 Ks, 1.28 WHIP)
Zach Duke (8-5, 3.09 ERA, 51 Ks, 1.19 WHIP)
Chris Carpenter (5-2, 1.78 ERA, 48 Ks, .70 WHIP)

Huston Street (19 saves, 2.91 ERA, 39 Ks, 1.12 WHIP)
Ryan Franklin (18 saves, .93 ERA, 20 Ks, .83 WHIP)
Francisco Cordero (18 saves, 1.97 ERA, 28 Ks, 1.16 WHIP)
Trevor Hoffman (17 saves, 1.99 ERA, 19 Ks, .97 WHIP)
Mike Gonzalez (9 saves, 2.25 ERA, 49 Ks, 1.19 WHIP)

Peavy, Wandy Rodriguez, and Wainwright did not get in because of their ERAs compared to the pitchers who did get in.  Lilly was extremely hard to leave out because of his incredible WHIP, but unfortunately for him, his ERA has gone up a bit in the last week or so. 

Davis, Jurrijens, and Duke lose out based on their low strikeout totals, although Duke and Jurrijens were also extremely hard to keep out.  Carpenter simply loses out because of injury, which is unfortunate. 

Picking closers was also no easy task since I gave myself a nine-pitcher, three-closer limit.  Street loses out based on ERA.  Franklin and Cordero have lower strikeout counts compared to the pitchers selected.  Hoffman, simply loses out due to being injured at the beginning of the season.  Gonzalez, although having a ridiculous amount of strikeouts, loses based on saves. 

I have 31 "certainly ins," so I only have room for one more player.  I am only missing the Pirates and Cubs in terms of teams, but could easily plug Duke in the starting rotation and swap Lilly for another starting pitcher. 

As P.Diddy once said, "Vote or Die", so vote...or P. Diddy may kill you.

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