June 26, 2007

My NL All-Stars (so far)

Catcher - Russell Martin, Dodgers
Russell Martin is clearly the best catcher in the NL. He leads the NL in Hits, RBI's, and Stolen Bases, and is 3rd in HR's. All this while hitting with a .290 average isn't so bad. He is definitely having a great sophomore season after a promising rookie campaign. Honorable Mention: Bengie Molina, Giants.

1st Base - Prince Fielder, Brewers
Prince Fielder is also having a great 2nd (full) season. He is leading the NL in HR's and is only 2 behind Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees for most home runs in the Majors. He is already close to his entire last season totals in terms of hitting. Honorable Mention: Albert Pujols, Cardinals.

2nd Base - Chase Utley, Phillies
Chase Utley is definitely the "top dog" at 2nd base. He is hitting .320 with 12 HR's and 58 RBI. He continues to improve each year in almost every offensive category since he came into the league in 2003. Honorable Mention: Brandon Phillips, Reds.

Short Stop - Jose Reyes, Mets
This was a tough one, Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez are both (in my opinion) equally deserving of this award. But I had to give the upperhand to Jose Reyes. He is hitting .323 with 3 HR's, 33 RBI and 38 Stolen Bases. They may be a stupid reasons for some of you, but I gave him the spot because of 3 reasons: (1) The added pressure of playing in New York City. (2) Because of how the two played head-to-head. In 8 games against eachother, Jose Reyes has outshined Hanley Ramirez by a considerable margin. Reyes has 5 RBI's and 3 SB's with a .378 average against the Marlins, where as Ramirez has 1 RBI and 1 SB with a .125 average against the Mets. (3) Reyes has 4 errors compaired to Ramirez's 14. They may seem silly, but those are my reasons. Honorable Mention: Hanley Ramirez, Marlins.

3rd Base - Miguel Cabrera, Marlins
Miggy is having puting together another great season. He is hitting .330 with 17 dingers and 58 ribbies while hitting cleanup for the Marlins. The only downfall to Cabrera's game is his poor defense. His errors have gone up the last few years, and so has his weight. He may need to shed a few pounds and work on his defense at the hot corner during the offseason. Honorable Mention: David Wright, Mets.

Outfield - Matt Holliday, Rockies
Matt Holliday and the Rockies are definitely having a good season. The outfielder is hitting .355 with 13 Home Runs and 59 RBI's. He is definitely one of the up and coming stars in baseball with his all-around great hitting and solid defense.

Outfield - Ken Griffey Jr., Reds
Talk about a resurgence. The future Hall of Famer is going to be 38 in November and is currently hitting .290 with 21 HR's and 46 RBI's. He's on pace right now to hit 47 HR's and 103 RBI's. Somebody needs to check this man for steroids. This is impossible right? I'm sure he's not on steroids, but it's just very uncommon to see a 37 year old produce like this.

Outfielder - Alfonso Soriano, Cubs
I know you probably think I'm crazy. But the "fonz" is currently hitting .310 with 15 HR's, 28 RBI, and 9 SB's. He definitely has had a dropoff from his 2005, 40-40 year. But he finally has broken out of his slump in June, hitting 11 HR's with 16 RBI's. He even raised his SLG% from .454 to .566 and his OPS from .793 to .925. Honorable Mention: Eric Byrnes, Diamondbacks.

Pitcher - Jake Peavy, Padres
Jake Peavy is having a great turn around season after an un Peavy-like 2006. He has returned to his old form, more dominate than ever. He is currently 9-2 with a 2.14 ERA and 113 K's. He and teamate, Chris Young, may be the most dominate duo in the league at this point. Honorable Mention: Chris Young, Padres.