My National League All-Star Team

Note – All statistics were as of 4pm on June 22, 2010
First Baseman – I limited my choices to four and I have decided to choose Joey Votto as my All-Star First baseman. The other choices are Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez and Aubrey Huff. They all have similar statistics, but I chose Votto for scoring the most runs, having the highest on-base percentage and the highest on-base plus slugging percentage. He does strike out more often than the others, but he is having a good year. Any of the four can be the nominee, but I am going with Joey Votto.

Second Baseman – Martin Prado is having the best season and may be the surprise of the season to date. He is batting .339, has over 100 hits, 51 runs scored, also having a very good year in the field, committing only 2 errors at second base. For all of the second basemen in the National League, he has the most hits, doubles, batting average and also leads in on-base percentage.

Third baseman – After looking through all of the candidates, I decided on David Wright. I went with Wright because he is having an excellent offensive year to date. He has scored nearly 40 runs, has 74 hits, almost 20 doubles and 55 runs batted in. He is the only third base candidate for the all-star team with more than 3 stolen bases (12) with an on-base percentage of .380 and a slugging percentage over .500. These numbers are the reason why David Wright is my third base National League All-Star.

Shortstop – Troy Tulowitzki is batting .306, leading all shortstops in runs scored and hits (tied with two others), third of all shortstops in doubles, third in home runs, batting average, on-base and slugging percentage. He is having the best all around season from the National League shortstops. The Rockies just hope he’s healthy by the break.

Outfielders –
Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Last Place team is in the top three in all outfielders in hits, runs, on base percentage, walks stolen bases with only three errors in the outfield. He is playing for a poor team and is the spark to their lineup this season.
Ryan Braun is batting .304, with 10 home runs and 45 runs batted in. He has 83 hits, including 20 doubles. He also has some speed with 11 stolen bases to go along with his 44 runs scored. He is playing an excellent outfield with one error so far this season.
Andre Ethier is my last choice, and a little bit of a surprise even to me. He is hitting .318, with 12 home runs and 43 runs batted in. With his 64 hits are 17 doubles and he has walked over 20 times. Putting all of that together, he has an on-base percentage of .382 and a slugging percentage of .582. He has played an errorless outfield and he rounds out my outfield.

Catcher – There is no everyday catcher in the National League that stands out as a player. With those every day catchers, the best stats go to Brian McCann. I do not like this pick, there is no one else who is stand out and worthy of the All Star choice. I should just leave this blank, but I choose McCann.

Starting Pitchers – My starting five will include the following pitchers:
Ubaldo Jiminez – 13-1, 1.15 ERA, 3 complete games and a WHIP of 1.00
Adam Wainright – 10-4, 2.23 ERA, 3 complete games and 101 strikeouts in 109 innings
Mike Pelfrey – 9-2, 2.69 ERA, a WHIP of 1.24 and he even has a save this season
Josh Johnson – 8-2, 1.80 ERA, a WHIP of 0.98, 98 strikeouts in 100 innings
Roy Halladay – Yes, his record is 8-6, but he has 5 complete games, a 2.43 ERA and a WHIP of 1.08
Closers –
Brian Wilson – 2-0 record, 19 Saves, 2.12 ERA and 2 blown saves.
Jonathon Broxton – 3-0 record, 16 saves, 0.92 ERA and a WHIP under 1.00, 2 blown saves
Billy Wagner – 5-0 record, 2 blown saves, 14 saves and a 1.23 ERA
Matt Capps – 0-3 record, but the league leader with 21 saves…for Washington
Ryan Franklin – 3-0 Record, 13 saves, 1 blown save an ERA of 2.40 and a WHIP under 1.00

That is my team, go ahead and debate.

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