Derrek Lee Vs. Andrian Gonzalez: Who Deserves It More?

Jake KarmelCorrespondent IIJuly 9, 2009

MILWAUKEE - APRIL 10: Derrek Lee #25 of the Chicago Cubs keeps an eye on the pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the Opening Day game on April 10, 2009 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The 2009 NL All-Star team is pretty stacked. Just one person is missing: Derrek Lee.

The first basemen for the National League include Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, and Adrian Gonzalez. Don't get me wrong. All these guys are awesome. Especially Albert Pujols. But I think Derrek Lee deserves it, especially over Andrian Gonzalez.

Derrek Lee is batting .279 with 16 home runs and 53 RBI. More RBI then Adrian Gonzalez (52). His .279 batting average is higher than Adrian Gonzalez's (.256). All three hitters have more home runs then Lee, but since when is home runs the deciding factor in who makes the all-star team?

Advantage: Derrek Lee

Derrek Lee has two errors all year. Gonzalez has four errors. Take your pick.

Advantage: Derrek Lee

In June alone, Lee hit .333 with six home runs. Gonzalez hit .235 with four home runs. The lowest all year. So far in July Gonzalez is hitting a mere .189. Lee is hitting .250 with five home runs already.

Advantage: Derrek Lee

The Cubs are standing at 41-41 as of July 9th and are 3.5 games out of first place behind the St. Louis Cardinals. The San Diego Padres are 35-49 and are 18 games out of first place behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Advantage: Derrek Lee

Derrek Lee has taken the Cubs and put them on his back. As of late, the Cubs have been bitten by the injury bug but Derrek Lee has almost on his own, put the Cubs on his back and kept them in the race for the division crown.

As seen in the Padres record, it seems as if Adrian Gonzalez has not put the Padres on his back. His average has slumped ever since the beginning of the season.

Derrek Lee should have been on the all-star team or at least in the final vote.

Jake Karmel