My 2012 NL All-Star Roster
These are my selections for the NL All- Star team.
C- Carlos Ruiz- Phillies: It is not often we have years where there are 3 outstanding hitting defensive catchers to pick from. That is the case in the NL this year with Ruiz, Yadier Molina, and Buster Posey. Ruiz wins out as he has been stellar this year and has carried a bad Phillies lineup. Ruiz has hit .362, with 11 HR’s, 42 RBI, and a 1.01 OPS this year.
1B- Joey Votto- Reds: Votto is a runaway pick this year as Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols moving to the ALhas made 1B a weak position in the NL. Votto has been the NL MVP for the 1st half this season. Votto is hitting .349, with 14 HR’s, 47 RBI, and a 1.109 OPS.
2B- Aaron Hill- D’Backs: Hill got a slight edge over Astros 2B Jose Altuve in a tight race due to his power. Hill has hit for a much higher average this year than normally in his career to go along with his power. Plus the man just hit for the cycle twice in 11 days. Hill is hitting .293, with 10 HR’s, 35 RBI, and a .848 OPS.
SS- Starlin Castro- Cubs: Castro is one of the top young players in MLB and one of the lone bright spots on the Cubs. However, the Cubs have not been pleased with his personality at times this year. Castro is hitting .297 on the season, with 6 HR’s, 39 RBI, 16 stolen bases, and a .745 OPS.
3B- David Wright- Mets: Wright has been the leader of the Mets this season. He has led them into unexpected contention. He has little protection in the lineup, hits at a pitchers park, and has still been stellar. Wright is hitting .361 on the year, with 9 HR’s, 49 RBI, and a 1.028 OPS.
OF- Carlos Gonzalez- Rockies: Outfield is a loaded position in the NL and CarGo has been perhaps the best. It is really hard to separate him from what he, Carlos Beltran, Ryan Braun, and Andrew McCutchen have done this year. CarGo has been the lone bright spot on theRockiesthis year. He is hitting .338 on the season, with 17 HR’s, 56 RBI, and a 1.000 OPS.
OF- Ryan Braun- Brewers: Braun has gotten past all the controversy about his alleged steroid usage and has gone on to have a terrific season. Prince Fielder leaving has not had any negative effect on him. Braun is hitting .311 on the season, with 20 HR’s, 52 RBI, and .988 OPS.
OF- Carlos Beltran- Cardinals: Beltran has been the biggest bargain this season in MLB. His health scared teams off and the Cardinals got him for cheap. They have been rewarded big time. Beltran is hitting .312 in the year, with 20 HR’s, 59 RBI, and a .982 OPS.
DH- Andrew McCutchen- Pirates: I just made the DH the best non starter. McCutchen does not get the credit he deserves inPittsburgh. He has carried that team this year to contention in the NL Central. McCutchenn is hitting .336 on the year, with 14 HR’s, 48 RBI, and a .966 OPS.
SP- Stephen Strasburg- Nationals: With all due respect to Matt Cain and R.A Dickey Strasburg deserves to be presented on this national stage. The sky is the limit for this kid as long as he stays healthy. Strasburg is 9-2 on the year, with a 2.60 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, and 11.8 K/9
C- Yadier Molina- Cardinals: .316/12 HR’s/44 RBI/.885 OPS
C- Buster Posey- Giants: .300/10 HR’s/40 RBI/.850
1B- Paul Goldschmidt- D’Backs: .286/10 HR’s/32 RBI/.883 OPS
2B- Jose Altuve- Astros: .309/ 5 HR’s/23 RBI/.803 OPS
SS- Jed Lowrie- Astros: .261/14 HR’s/33 RBI/.839 OPS
3B- Chase Headley- Padres: .272/ 8 HR’s/ 38 RBI/.806 OPS
3B- David Freese- Cardinals: .285/13 HR’s/47 RBI/.829 OPS
OF- Melky Cabrera- Giants: .355/7 HR’s/38 RBI/.912 OPS
OF- Giancarlo Stanton- Marlins: .278/ 17 HR’s/47 RBI/.893 OPS
OF- Matt Holliday- Cardinals: .300/12 HR’s/47 RBI/.882 OPS
OF- Michael Bourn- Braves: .306/ 7 HR’s/20 SB’s/27 RBI/.971 OPS
P- R.A. Dickey- Mets: 11-1/2.31 ERA/.91 WHIP/9.1 K/9
P- Matt Cain- Giants: 9-2/2.27 ERA/.90 WHIP/9.0 K/9
P- Johnny Cueto- Reds: 9-4/2.26 ERA/1.14 WHIP/6.6 K/9
P- Clayton Kershaw- Dodgers: 5-4/2.74 ERA/1.04 WHIP/8.6 K/9
P- Gio Gonzalez- Nationals: 10-3/2.78 ERA/1.08 WHIP/10.7 K/9
P- James McDonald- Pirates: 7-3/2.44 ERA/.98 WHIP/8.1 K/9
P- Zack Grienke- Brewers: 9-2/2.82 ERA/1.17 WHIP/9.0 K/9
P- Madison Bumgarner- Giants: 10-4/ 2.85 ERA/1.06 WHIP/ 7.5 K/9
P- Cole Hamels- Phillies: 10-3/3.03 ERA/1.08 WHIP/9.2 K/9
P- Craig Kimbrel- Braves: 22 saves/1.55 ERA/.79 WHIP/14.9 K/9
P- Aroldis Chapman- Reds: 9 saves/1.98 ERA/.77 WHIP/15.9 K/9
The NL starting pitching is crazy good as you can see. My NL roster only has 2 relievers compared to myALone that has 5. This is always a highly debatable subject so tell me what you would have done differently in the comments as there are lots of different ways you can go.