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07-11-2010, 09:53 PM
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My All-Star Picks
C: John Buck
-Slight edge over Joe Mauer.
1B: Miguel Cabrera
-Morneau and Konerko are both having MVP-caliber seasons but Miggy is probably the best hitter in baseball right now.
2B: Robinson Cano
-Shout out to Howie Kendrick, but no one is even close to Cano. In the history of baseball, a 2B has never won a gold glove and been an all-star - not in one year - throughout their entire career.
SS: Elvis Andrus
-Alex Gonzalez gets a look but his .250ish BA isn't enough to overtake the sparkplug for the Rangers. Also a top defensive shortstop in the AL.
3B: Alex Rodriguez
-Gets the slight nod over Adrian Beltre because he has 9 less errors and 15 more RBI. Michael Young gets consideration as well.
RF: Josh Hamilton
-Move along, nothing to see here.
CF: Alex Rios
-Rios has cooled off a bit, and Torii Hunter is deserving, but an over .300 BA with 14 HRs and 22 steals makes up for less RBI.
LF: Carl Crawford
-Vernon Wells deserves consideration but after a scorching start, his BA is down to .272.
DH: Vladimir Guerrero
-Big Papi may be back, but what Vlad the Impaler is doing is just unfair.
SP: David Price
-Lee has an insane 89:6 K:BB ratio but Price has maintained his elite ERA through more starts and obviously leads the AL in wins with 12.
2: Cliff Lee
3: Jon Lester
4: Andy Pettite
5: Jered Weaver
-CC, Verlander, and Colby Lewis just miss out. Bucholz doesn't have the Ks, and although his ERA is under 2.5, he's got 4 losses in less starts than most and a 1.25 WHIP. Weaver has double the Ks and a WHIP of 1.07 in three more starts.
RP: Daniel Bard
RP: Darren Oliver
RP: Mariano Rivera
CP: Rafael Soriano
-It's tough to not put Mo here, but Soriano has one blown save and zero losses whereas Mo has a loss and two blown saves. Both have been ridiculously good.
C: Miguel Olivo
-It's not even close. Leads all NL catchers in HRs, RBI, and BA. Barajas had a bunch of big hits, but has cooled down considerably.
1B: Joey Votto
-Pujols and Howard have similar numbers, but Votto's are just better right now.
2B: Martin Prado
-Brandon Phillips has been excellent, but Prado leads the entire NL in BA and is a huge reason for the Braves first place standing.
SS: Hanley Ramirez
-He's not having a great season by his standards, but no NL shortstop in the majors is close to a .290+ BA, 13 HRs, 53 RBI, and 16 steals.
3B: David Wright
-Shout outs to Scott Rolen and Ryan Zimmerman, but this is a no-brainer.
RF: Corey Hart
-Batting a surprising .288 with 19 homers and 61 RBI, there's no way around it - regardless of how ugly he is.
CF: Carlos Gonzalez
-Braun gets consideration, but CarGo has better numbers in every single category and is a legit MVP candidate. He can spray it to all fields, steal bases, hit for power, and plays a stellar left field. He and Latos are the two biggest all-star snubs and it's a travesty that Hung Ching Kuo or whatever and Omar Infante made it over them.
LF: Andre Ethier
-Chris Young, Colby Rasmus, and Josh Willingham are close, but Ethier has similiar numbers in less at-bats with a far better BA.
DH: Albert Pujols
-Some DH, huh?
SP: Josh Johnson
-It was Ubaldo fever early, but besides wins, which are an overrated stat - Johnson has clearly been the better pitcher.
2: Ubaldo Jiminez
3: Adam Wainwright
4: Matt Latos
5: Roy Halladay
-It's tough to leave off Jaime and his insane ERA but he's got a 2:1 K:BB ratio, and only has Latos and Doc by about .1 to .2 in ERA. Plus they both have more innings, more wins, and at least 20 more Ks. Kershaw, Hudson, Gallardo, and Lincecum also deserve mention, but don't have a chance considering how dominant the NL aces have been this year.
RP: Luke Gregerson
RP: Mike Adams
RP: Heath Bell
CP: Jonathan Broxton
-He's got 53 Ks and 7 walks in 37 innings and his WHIP is an eyelash over 1.
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