Another year where fans vote for their favorites rather then the more deserving. COULD THIS BE THE REASON THE NL CONTINUES TO LOSE THE ALL STAR GAME!?!? I wonder.
So many players have been voted on by fans that are undeserving it is pathetic. I still cannot forget the abomination that was Kosuke Fukudome becoming a national league all star. Once again a similar player has been added (thank you Manuel).
This slideshow will show the players that I believe should represent the National League.
Note: Every team will be represented in this Slideshow. I will also set the batting order and roster up to NL rules (no DH).
The anchor of a much improved Rockies pitching staff has been a great fielder and hitter as well. Olivo has thrown out 20/39 stolen base attempts (51%), while the NL starter Molina has thrown out 18/38 stolen base attempts (47%).
This doesn't seem like a huge difference until the batting statistics are presented. Miguel Olivo has 37 R, 11 HR, 6 2B, 5 3B (yes, a catcher has 5 3B), 39 RBI, .308 AVG, and .365 OBP.
Yadiers stats are.... not even close. He only beats Olivo with 9 2B and boasts a horrible .231 AVG and .310 OBP.
Come on people! Cardinals fans, I'm putting this one on you.
In my opinion, Albert Pujols is the face of the MLB. He is the most consistent and best hitter in the major leagues. It also doesn't hurt he doesn't have too bad of a glove either (one GG).
Hes so good I don't feel the need to go into statistics. This is an amazing feat in itself because the NL contains 1B the likes of Adrian Gonzalez, Joey Votto and Ryan Howard. It's too bad that the NL has so many good 1B because all the players who should make it, don't.
Cardinals fans: It didn't take long to redeem yourselves.
Due to an unfortunate injury to Chase Utley, Martin Prado will be starting at second base. Luckily, he deserves to. Prado has been amazing for the Braves this year, leading the league in AVG (.336) and Hits (115) while scoring a ton of runs (56). While he didn't have the power that Utley supplied, Prado has decent power (7 HR) and can provide the spark the NL needs to score first. The reason why?
The most important addition that Prado brings to the NL All Stars is the fact he is a leadoff hitter. Besides Prado, there isn't one player who is a true leadoff player such as the AL's Ichiro Suzuki.
David Wright has gained the lead in the NL all star vote and is the starting third baseman. As a Mets fan I couldn't be happier. And luckily as a NL All Star fan I couldn't be happier. Wrights biggest competition at 3B is Scott Rolen, who didn't quite match up offensively but deservedly obtained a spot on the reserve.
Wright has been on fire recently and now is sporting a .313 AVG, .391 OBP, and a league leading 64 RBI. Wright also brings some speed (13 SB) to the plate and is having his best year defensively of his career (a great accomplishment considering he has won 2 GG). His biggest knock is the enormous amount of strikeouts he has accumulated.
Hanley Ramirez was the only choice the minute Troy Tulowitzki became injured. He leads NL SS in HR (13) and RBI (52) while being second in both SB (15) and R (46). Hanley is a dynamic player with a great arm and great instincts. The only knock on him I have is that he doesn't always play his hardest. When someone doesn't try their hardest its hard to vote them on their all star team. Effort should never be a question or concern for any MLB player.
The Hebrew Hammer is my choice for the starting LF for the NL. Braun comes into the all star break with 11 HR, 11/12 SB (92%), 51 RBI, and 50 R. Braun is a good all around player who is the best LF in the National League. This is the only All Star caliber player I'm disappointed in because I know he is a much better player then the one I see now.
Andrew McCutchen is a blossoming star in the void which is Pittsburgh. McCutchen is good fielder who can cover an immense amount of ground due to his speed. He is second among NL OF with 20 SB. But what truly gives him a spot on this list is that hes 5th in OF with an AVG of .301 and 4th among OF with an OBP of .375. He has decent power numbers with 7 HR and 16 2B and will be a nice fit in the 2 hole.
This may not be the most popular choice for CF, but I think it is the best.
I can't even match up McCutchen to either Heyward or Ethier because they're both not CF's. But if I compare him with Heyward, he is obviously the better candidate.
Come on Atlanta, your phenom still needs another year before he's at this stage.
RF is a very hard choice because there are so many deserving players. Out of all those players, I am torn between two: Corey Hart and Andre Ethier.
After a monster start an injury slowed down Ethier. He comes to the break with solid HR (13), RBI (48), and a great AVG (321). Hart however comes into the field leading all NL OF's in Homeruns (19) and RBIs (61), while placing 11th in AVG (.286). Hart has been on a tear, swatting HRs and showing that he deserves to play for the NL.
LA: Give some love to the Brew Crew
#1. Martin Prado (.330 AVG)
#2. Andrew McCutchen (.375 OBP & 20 SB)
#3. Hanley Ramirez (13 HR & 15 SB)
#4. Albert Pujols (20 HR & .415 OBP)
#5. David Wright (.391 OBP & 64 RBI)
#6. Corey Hart (19 HR & 61 RBI)
#7. Ryan Braun (.299 AVG & 11 HR/SB)
#8. Miguel Olivo (.308 AVG & 11HR)
Many people may think I'm crazy that I chose Josh Johnson over Ubaldo Jimenez. However, Johnson has shown he is the best pitcher in the national, and major league.
Johnson is the leader in the NL for ERA (1.82), 5th in K (115), 2nd in WHIP (.965), and has an 8-3 record. Ubaldo has seen his ERA rise to 2.27 (terrible, right?) due to his last 3 starts along with his whip. While Ubaldo does have MLB best record (14-1), Johnson has the best stuff going into the all star game.
I want the best pitcher pitching for the NL. A couple weeks ago that would have been Ubaldo Jimenez. Now however, its Josh Johnson.
Voters: The Marlins need all the help they can get for their players to be voted in. The 100 fans they have already used all their effort on Han Ran. Come on people, STEP UP.
The NL save leader has not been voted onto the NL all star team. Come on people... Bell has a microscopic ERA (1.77) which ranks second among NL closers (go figure, Wagner leads NL closers in ERA and was also excluded).
For some reason the Padres pitching staff recieved no love. For Pete sakes, the NLs best pitching staff had no pitching representatives Cough#Matt Latos#Cough.
People, when the best NL closer from the best NL pitching team doesn't get invited to the party you know there is a problem.
Here is the NL all star pitching staff:
RP. Jonathon Broxton
RP. Heath Bell
RP. Brian Wilson
RP. Arthur Rhodes
SP. Ubaldo Jimenez
SP. Tim Lincecum
SP. Matt Latos
SP. Roy Halladay
SP. Josh Johnson
SP. Jaime Garcia
SP. Yovani Gallardo
SP. Clayton Kershaw
SP. Mike Pelfrey
C. Brian McCann
1B. Joey Votto
1B. Ryan Howard
2B. Brandon Phillips
2B. Rickie Weeks
SS. Jose Reyes
3B. Scott Rollen
OF. Josh Willingham
OF. Chris Young
OF. Marlon Byrd
OF. Michael Bourn
OF. Andre Ethier
Unfortunately Byrd, Bourn, and Young sneak onto the all star team because their teams lack players good enough to earn a spot.