My Final 2010 NL All-Star Lineup

C:  Miguel Olivo (Colorado Rockies)

  • .301 AVG
  • .365 OBP
  • 9 HR
  • 30 RBI (tied for 1st among NL catchers)

Olivo has 30 RBIs in 176 at-bats, as opposed to Brian McCann’s 30 RBIs in 198 at-bats. Olivo’s numbers are all the more impressive when one factors in that he hadn’t been starting on a regular basis until Chris Iannetta was demoted.

1B:  Albert Pujols (St. Louis Cardinals)

  • .302 AVG
  • .422 OBP
  • 53 BB (1st in MLB)
  • 15 HR
  • 50 RBI (3rd among NL 1B)
  • .962 OPS

2B:  Martin Prado (Atlanta Braves)

  • .340 AVG
  • .380 OBP
  • 53 runs (2nd among NL 2B)
  • 103 hits (1st in MLB)

If I hadn’t voted for Prado, I would have voted for Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds.

3B:  David Wright (New York Mets)

  • .291 AVG
  • .380 OBP
  • 12 HR
  • 55 RBI (1st among NL 3B)
  • 39 BB (1st among NL 3B)
  • 19 doubles (1st among NL 3B)
  • 12 SB (2nd among NL 3B)

Wright appears to have found his power once again; meanwhile, he continues to play excellent defense at the hot corner.

SS:  Hanley Ramirez (Florida Marlins)

  • .293 AVG
  • .378 OBP
  • 11 HR (1st among NL SS)
  • 43 RBI (1st among NL SS)
  • 13 SB (3rd among NL SS)

OF:  Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers)

  • .310 AVG
  • .371 OBP
  • 10 HR
  • 46 RBI

OF:  Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates)

  • .310 AVG
  • .386 OBP
  • 45 runs
  • 15 doubles
  • 18 SB (2nd among NL OF)
  • 32 BB

McCutchen has been one of the very few bright spots this season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I consider him to be one of the best outfielders in Major League Baseball, and I hope he someday gets the recognition he deserves.

OF:  Matt Holliday (St. Louis Cardinals)

  • .308 AVG
  • .379 OBP
  • 11 HR
  • 35 RBI
  • 20 doubles

DH:  Joey Votto (Cincinnati Reds)

  • .310 AVG
  • .405 OBP
  • 15 HR
  • 47 RBI

I was tempted to vote for Troy Glaus as the DH in the NL; however, Votto’s numbers were too great to ignore. Don’t be surprised if Glaus makes the All-Star team as one of the NL’s reserves.

SP:  Adam Wainwright (St. Louis Cardinals)

  • (10-3, 2.23 ERA)
  • 1.00 WHIP
  • 101 K
  • 8.34 K/9
  • 13 quality starts (tied for 2nd among NL SP)

Voting for one starting pitcher in the National League has to be torture. There’s pitchers such as Ubaldo Jimenez, Adam Wainwright, Roy Halladay, Matt Cain, Josh Johnson and Chris Carpenter. Nevertheless, I selected Adam Wainwright.

I understand that Ubaldo Jimenez has incredible numbers up to this point; however, Wainwright’s numbers are incredibly similar for the most part. In some categories, Wainwright’s numbers are better!

While Jimenez’s 1.15 ERA dwarfs Wainwright’s 2.23 ERA, both are tied at 1.00 WHIP. Both pitchers have three complete games; Jimenez has two shutouts to Wainwright’s one. Jimenez’s 88 strikeouts are bested by Wainwright’s 101. Despite pitching nearly eight more innings than Jimenez, Wainwright has fewer walks (29 walks to Jimenez’s 36).

There is no anti-Ubaldo stance on my part. If I were a fan playing favorites, I would have voted for Roy Halladay (whom I have considered for years to be the best pitcher in baseball). I firmly believe my rationale for voting for Wainwright is solid.


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