All National League Central Team

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2009

All National League Central Team

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    CHICAGO - APRIL 8: The Chicago Cubs scoreboard is seen during the game with the Milwaukee Brewers on April 8, 2005 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Brewers defeated the Cubs 6-3 in 12 innings. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    Being a huge Cubs fan, the division I get a chance to watch the most is the NL Central, so I thought it would be fitting to pick my All-NL Cental roster.

    I considered the players from each position to be the opening day starter, i.e. Ryan Doumit at catcher for the Pirates, even though he is injured and so on.

    It may have been a mistake to come out and say I was a Cubs fan, as that will just give Cardinals fans a reason to call me biased. But we all know Cardinals fans can't read so I have nothing to worry about. I'm kidding of course, so without further ado here is my roster.

Catcher: Yadier Molina—Cardinals

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    DENVER - MAY 08:  Catcher Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals takes the field against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 8, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Cardinals 9-3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

    That's right, the Cubs fan picked a Cardinal right off the bat. Molina has more upside than almost any other catcher in the game right now.

    Already an elite defensive catcher, Molina is on pace for career-highs across the board offensively this year.

    2. Geovanny Soto—Cubs
    3. Ryan Doumit—Pirates
    4. Ivan Rodriguez—Astros
    5. Jason Kendall—Brewers
    6. Ramon Hernandez—Reds

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First Base: Albert Pujols—Cardinals

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    JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats against the Florida Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium on February 25, 2009 in Jupiter, Florida. The Marlins and the Mets played to a 5-5 tie in 10 innin

    Wow, another Cardinal, but this one is a no brainer. Albert Pujols is one of the best players in all of baseball.

    He is the kind of player that as a Cubs fan I hate, but as a baseball fan I have complete respect for.

    2. Lance Berkman—Astros
    3. Derek Lee—Cubs
    4. Prince Fielder—Brewers
    5. Joey Votto—Reds
    6. Adam LaRoche—Pirates

Second Base: Brandon Phillips

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    CINCINNATI - MARCH 31:  Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the game on March 31, 2008 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Third Base: Aramis Ramirez—Cubs

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    HOUSTON - APRIL 06:  Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Chicago Cubs bats against the Houston Astros during the Opening Day game on April 6, 2009 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Shortstop: J.J. Hardy—Brewers

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    MILWAUKEE - JULY 22:  J.J. Hardy #7 of the Milwaukee Brewers plays shortstop against the San Francisco Giants on July 22, 2007 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Brewers won 7-5. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Left Field: Ryan Braun—Brewers

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    MILWAUKEE - APRIL 04: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers connects with a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the Opening Day game on April 4, 2008 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Center Field: Nate McLouth—Pirates

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    PITTSBURGH - APRIL 13:  Nate McLouth #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates jogs off the field during the Opening Day game against the Houston Astros at PNC Park on April 13, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Right Field: Ryan Ludwick—Cardinals

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    ST. LOUIS - APRIL 06:  Ryan Ludwick #47 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats against the Pittsburgh Pirates during Opening Day on April 6, 2009  at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4.  (Photo by El

Starting Pitcher 1: Carlos Zambrano—Cubs

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    CHICAGO - APRIL 17:  Carlos Zambrano #38 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 17, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Starting Pitcher 2: Adam Wainwright—Cardinals

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    ST. LOUIS - APRIL 6:  Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats against the Pittsburgh Pirates during Opening Day on April 6, 2009 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Pirates beat the Cardinals 6-4. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Imag

Starting Pitcher 3: Yovani Gallardo—Brewers

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    SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 08:  Yovani Gallardo #49 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches against the San Francisco Giants during a Major League Baseball game on April 8, 2009 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Starting Pitcher 4: Roy Oswalt—Astros

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    HOUSTON - APRIL 06:  Roy Oswalt #44 of the Houston Astros pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the Opening Day game on April 6, 2009 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Starting Pitcher 5: Edinson Volquez—Reds

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    PHILADELPHIA  - JUNE 4:  Edinson Volquez #36 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 4, 2008 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Closer: Matt Capps- Pirates

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    ST. LOUIS - APRIL 6:  Matt Capps #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during Opening Day on April 6, 2009 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Pirates beat the Cardinals 6-4. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

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