Mid-season All Overlooked Team
This is not your vote leaders. This is not your "Most Deserved" list for an All-Star Roster. These are most likely the guys who are having solid if not great seasons, but probably won't find themselves for the All-Star Game in 2 weeks. The 25-man roster is as follows.
RUSSELL MARTIN, Dodgers
- He runs, he hits, he hustles, and he's got more walks than strikeouts. Best athlete of any catcher in the game.
YADIER MOLINA, Cardinals
- Previously known as a defensive minded catcher, Molina has been producing at the plate hitting almost .300, while only striking out 12 times.
DERREK LEE, Cubs
- Because Berkman and Pujols are in the same division, his Gold Glove defense and line (.293-15-51) are overlooked.
MARK TEIXEIRA, Braves
- Despite Chipper's great year, Big Tex leads the Braves with 16 HR and 63 RBI hitting .275, with him just starting to warm up. Another Gold Glover who switch hits.
ORLANDO HUDSON, Diamondbacks
- Best defensive 2B in the game having won Gold Gloves in both leagues. Switch-hitter going at a .290-7-35 clip now hitting 3rd because of his team's offensive inconsistency.
MARK DEROSA, Cubs
- He's listed at 2nd, but you can put him anywhere on the infield or a corner outfield spot if necessary. .290-10-45 is pretty good for a "utility" player.
YUNEL ESCOBAR, Braves
- The 3 R's in the NL East get all the publicity, so here goes the guy hitting .296-6-30 from the leadoff spot with one of the best arms and gloves at the position. Furcal's injury prevented him from getting this spot.
ARAMIS RAMIREZ, Cubs
- Stellar defense and a stat line almost identical to Derrek Lee make him the best choice once you realize Chipper and A-Rod aren't part of this conversation.
EVAN LONGORIA, Rays
- The rookie's been a stud since his April call-up with .269-15-47 and some amazing defensive plays.
CARLOS QUENTIN, White Sox
- Did anyone expect .280-19-61 from this guy this year?
NATE MCLOUTH, Pirates
- .280-15-52 from the leadoff spot with 9 steals and 27 doubles is one reason why the Pirates aren't as bad as they have been in recent years.
GRADY SIZEMORE, Indians
- We'll overlook .262, but 19HR, 45 RBI and 19 steals is the most offense Cleveland is getting from anybody. Plus he's pretty close to Spiderman in Center.
JERMAINE DYE, White Sox
- Don't look now, but Dye's been raking - .305-18-50.
RYAN LUDWICK, Cardinals
- Did anyone expect .285-16-56 from this guy who's suddenly become the protector of Albert Pujols in the lineup?
BEN SHEETS, Brewers
- Healthy for the first time in a while, the nasty curve has led him to nine wins and a 2.83 ERA. Oh yes - he can go nine when needed, and has three times.
SHAUN MARCUM, Blue Jays
- Five wins doesn't turn heads. His fastball tops out around 89. The numbers that do - 86K, 2.65 ERA with an opponents batting average of .198.
JAIR JURRJENS, Braves
- The rookie has been stellar. Leads the Braves in wins with eight, and in ERA at 2.94.
JOE SAUNDERS, Angels
- Picked up the slack without Lackey and Escobar early in the season. Leads AL with 11 wins and near the top with a 3.06 ERA.
COLE HAMELS, Phillies
- Filthy changeup has gotten the lefty to 8 wins, a 3.38 ERA and 103Ks all while pitching in cozy Citizens Bank Park.
JOE NATHAN, Twins
- Up in Minnesota, Nathan has shut down opponents. 22 saves, 1.34 ERA and 37K in 33.2 innings.
JOAKIM SORIA, Royals
- Not a flamethrower, his numbers look eerily similar to Nathan's. 22 saves, 1.25 ERA with 39K in 36 innings.
KERRY WOOD, Cubs
- Has taken to the closer role quite well after years of arm problems. His 20 saves, 2.43 ERA with 51 K in 40 innings has been everything the Cubs wanted.
BJ RYAN, Blue Jays
- His velocity is down, but considering he came back from Tommy John surgery after less than 12 months, his 16 saves, 2.25 ERA, and 31K in 28 innings has been excellent.
DAN WHEELER, Rays
- Ground ball pitcher leads the AL in holds with 20, and has a couple of saves to his credit as well, all while maintaining a 1.88 ERA.
SCOTT DOWNS, Blue Jays
- Currently has a 1.19ERA, 34K in 37.2 innings and picked up five saves in Ryan's absence. Impressive - yes. More impressive? 26 consecutive scoreless innings. No one has scored on him since April, and he's only given up 14 hits.
JOE MADDON, Rays
- He's the manager of a young up and coming team that just happens to have the best record in baseball - which surprised everyone.
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