THE “REAL” MLB ALL STARS: STAND UP AND BE RECOGNIZED, Part 2

In an earlier blog, I explained why I was NOT voting in this year’s Major League Baseball All Star ballot; however, that does not mean I have some players in mind whom I WOULD have voted for…All Stars deserving of a trip to Cincinnati.  Below are my top two (or three) candidates for each National League position:

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1B—Paul Goldschmidt   .352            20               65

1B—Anthony Rizzo         .297            15                45

1B—Joey Votto                .282            14               39     (From the All Star host city, Cincinnati)

2B—Dee Gordon            .345                                        26-SB

2B—Howie Kendrick      .298            7                36 (Would be an All Star in both leagues)

2B—Brandon Phillips    .288            5                30      (Another from host city, Cincinnati)

3B—Todd Frazier           .283            25               54      (Most likely candidate for host city)

3B—Nolan Arenado        .287            24               58     (Two 3B among top 4 in NL Homers)

SS—Troy Tulowitzki      .319            8                41      (Numbers have tailed off considerably)

SS—Jhonny Peralta       .301            11               41               OR

SS—Brandon Crawford  .270            11               47

OF—Bryce Harper                    .339            24               58

OF—Andrew McCutchen         .295            10               49

OF—Joc Pederson                    .243            20               38      .525 Slugging %

OF—Billy Hamilton                           40 Steals                        (Project for 71 steals)

(Remember:  Giancarlo Stanton is on DL)

C—Buster Posey             .304            13               56

C—Yadier Molina           .286            2                27

(Either could be voted starter but Molina’s numbers have tailed off).

SP (Starting Pitcher) Gerrit Cole                     11      3        2.20            108 Ks

SP—Michael Wacha                                           10      3        2.66              80 Ks

SP—Max Scherzer                                                9       6        1.82            139 Ks        14 Walks!

SP—Jake Arrieta                                                   8       5        2.80            110 Ks

SP—Zack Greinke          OR                                 7       2        1.48            98Ks

SP—Johnny Cueto                                               5       5        2.84            100 Ks

(I would take Greinke over Cueto because of his ERA…he has had eight no-decicisons…8!)

RP—(Relief Pitcher)   Jeurys Familia               G—36         2-0             2.40 ERA    1.19   WHIP

RP—Drew Storen                                                  G—32         24 Saves               0.97   WHIP

RP—Mark Melancon                                            G—40         26 Saves               1.00   WHIP

RP—Trevor Rosenthal                                         G—37         24 Saves    0.70 ERA

CL—J.P. Howell                                                    G—31                              0.39 ERA

CL—Aroldis Chapman                                         G—35                              1.83 ERA    60Ks/35 IP

(Chapman another host city favorite who consistently surpasses 100 mph!)

NEXT:  Voting for the final All Star in each League

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