Posted by Drew Zeitlin:
Hello Everybody. About 10 days ago we gave you our Baseball All-Star picks for the American League and today we are going to give you our picks who should start for the National League. It has been a fun first half of baseball for us this year. There seems to be a lack of posts about baseball that is because there has not been much to write about. We are in that grind where not much is happening and you are just going through the season. The MLB.com At Bat 2010 iPhone app has made all the difference in the world. As we write this blog post we are listening to the Phillies and Yankees on that iPhone app. So lets pick up the diary for the MLB.com At Bat 2010 iPhone app once again. Today will be day 81.
For a quick review of our American League picks, we had Mauer at catcher, Cabrera at first, at second Cano, at short is Jeter, Longoria is at third, in left we had Crawford, at center Hunter, finishing the outfield in right is Bautista and at DH Guerrero. As for the National League we thought that the picks were much harder. In the American League as of this writing of this post most of our picks are matching with with what the fans are voting for at this time. In the National League very few of our picks are matching with who the fans are voting for at this time. We do like who pick and we are ready to share those picks with you.
As almost everybody does we start behind the plate. Unlike the American League nobody stood out like Joe Mauer of the Twins, but we do like what Brian McCann is doing for the Braves. At the time of this post the Braves are in first place and McCann is a big reason for that. The most obvious pick is at first base. There is a no doubter and it is Albert Pujols of the Cardinals. Although Joey Votto of the Reds is having a great season. At second base we head back over to Atlanta and pick Martin Prado. That will not be a popular pick but again he also is a big reason the Braves are in first place. At shortstop we are going with the home team and picking Troy Tulowizki of the Rockies. However we grant you that you could make a great case for Hanley Ramirez of the Marlins and Jose Uribie of the Giants. To finish out the infield we are going with Scott Rolen of the Reds. The Reds have been a big surprise this year by battling the Cardinals for first place most of the year. Rolen has been a leader and a big hitter for them.
As we head to the outfield and DH we wanted to pick a LF, CF, and RF and not just three outfielders. First up is LF and we head right back to Cincinnati with another one of their better players in Jonny Gomes. In CF we are headed back to Colorado and picking Carlos Gonzalez. He leads the Rockies in avg, hr, and rbi's. He is also playing some of the best defense a CF can play. There is a lot of ground to cover in Coors Field and he has been a big run producer and runs preventer in the National League. As we finish the outfield, our pick for RF goes to Andre Ethier of the Dodgers. Before he got hurt he was leading the NL in hitting, home runs and rbi's. There is no DH in the National League but there will be one in the All-Star game and we are going with Corey Hart of the Brewers. He only leads the National League in home runs.
There you have it, abullrun's NL starters for the 2010 mid season classic. If you disagree let us know. If you like to read all the post of this diary click here and you will be taken to our blog where you will see all the post in order. Till next time.