MLB All-Florida Team

D.A.Senior Writer IJuly 21, 2008

Catcher: Dioner Navarro (TB)
With Matt Treanor injured, John Baker has had to fill-in. Dioner Navarro is better than both of the Marlins catchers. Dioner leads in every major statistical category, with 35 RBI, .316 average, and .802 OPS. Navarro also plays better than average defense, with only one error.

First Base: Carlos Pena (TB)
Carlos Pena has played eight fewer games than Mike Jacobs. Jacobs barley leads Pena statistically with four more HR (19), three more RBI (52), and a .006 (.240) higher batting average.

However, Pena gets the nod because of Jacobs' eight errors compared to Pena's one. If Pena were to have played those eight extra games, he would have the same (or even better) offensive stats than Jacobs.

Second Base: Dan Uggla (FLA)
Uggla leads Akinori Iwamura in offensive categories, including 24 HR (compared to Iwamura's five), 61 RBI (compared to Iwamura's 28), .278 average (compared to .274 average), and .960 OPS (compared to Iwamura's .726). Uggla's offense outweighs his defensive struggles.

Shortstop: Hanley Ramirez (FLA)
With Jason Bartlett injured, Ben Zobrist has had to fill in for the Rays. It doesn't matter, as Hanley Ramirez is better than both of them. Hanley has 117 hits, 23 HR, 45 RBI, 23 stolen bases, .305 average, and .940 OPS. Ramirez's great offense far outweighs his sketchy defense.

Third Base: Evan Longoria (TB)
This is by far the closest contest. Jorge Cantu is having an amazing season. The HR and RBI are deadlocked, with both having 18 HR and 58 RBI. Cantu has a higher batting average (.291 versus .272), but Longoria has a higher OPS (.867 versus .832).

The nod comes at defense, where Cantu has 16 errors, while Longoria remains perfect with zero errors.

Left Field: Josh Willingham (FLA)
Willingham has played half the amount of games as Carl Crawford, but has as many home runs and only .002 less average (.268). Willingham's OPS is .862 whereas Crawford's is .697. Willingham also remains perfect defensively, whereas Crawford has four errors.

Center Field: Cody Ross (FLA)
Despite playing in less games, Ross has more HR (16 compared to Upton's six), RBI (49 compared to Upton's 44), and OPS (.844 compared to Upton's .774). Only .001 separates their averages, and Ross remains without an error compared to Upton's seven.

Right Field: Eric Hinske (TB)
Hinske has slightly better statistics than Jeremy Hermida, with 14 HR, 45 RBI, .261 average, and .858 OPS compared to Hermida's 12 HR, 44 RBI, .259 average, and .785 OPS. Hinske also has one error compared to Hermida's four errors.

Starting Pitchers:
Scott Kazmir (TB) has a 7-5 record, 3.04 ERA, .219 BAA, 1.17 WHIP, and 91 strikeouts in 83 innings.


James Shields (TB) has 1.14 WHIP, 3.69 ERA, .249 BAA, and 104 strikeouts.

Ricky Nolasco (FLA) has a 10-5 record, 3.78 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, .244 bAA, and 93 strikeouts.

Scott Olsen (FLA) has a 3.84 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and .246 BAA.

Set-up Pitchers:
Grant Balfour (TB) has a 1.54 ERA, .090 WHIP, .130 BAA, and 36 strikeouts in 23.1 innings pitched.

Joe Nelson (FLA) has 1.54 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, .209 BAA, and 27 strikeouts in 23.1 innings pitched.

Closer: Troy Percival (TB)
Percival is better than Kevin Gregg. Percival has 19 saves in 21 opportunities and Gregg has 20 saves in 26 opportunities. Percival has a 3.41 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and .163 BAA.