TSFJ Presents: The 2013 MLB All-Star Starters, NL Edition

Baseball, The Cheap Seats, The Rev — By on July 2, 2013 at 11:05 am

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The 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star break is, believe it or not, just two weeks away, so TSFJ’s resident baseball fanatics — Matt Whitener and the Rev — thought now was as a good a time as any to roll out the players who got their votes as MLB All-Star starters. While a lot can happen in the next two weeks, here’s where we stand as of right now.

Today, we kick it off with the National League. Tomorrow, we give you our American League choices.

Catcher

Whitener: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals: He’s leading the NL in hitting (.345) and doubles (26), while remaining the game’s most imposing defensive presence. He has put together his finest offensive season, while guiding the league’s top rotation to an amazing first half.

Rev: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants: OK, I’m actually cheating here because on my real ballot, I voted for Molina. However, Posey is nearly every bit as worthy, posting a .931 OPS with 12 home runs and 48 RBI — both more than Yadier — while batting .319 in an order devoid of any Matt Hollidays or Carlos Beltrans to help him out.

First Base

Whitener: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks: It is close between him and Joey Votto, but Goldschmidt takes the edge. The D’Backs’ RBI machine has not only steadied the ship post-Justin Upton, he’s led the charge to take the NL West surprisingly hostage.

Rev: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks: I agree with Matt that Goldschmidt is the guy. Where I don’t agree is that it’s close between him and Votto. Sorry, it’s Goldschmidt by a mile. He leads the NL in RBI, has more home runs than any other NL first baseman and is batting over .300 for the first-place Diamondbacks.

Second Base

Whitener: Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds: He’s once again brought an amazing glove and presence, but he’s also become the primary run producer in Cincy as well. His 61 RBI are nearly 30 better than any other second baseman.

Rev: Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds: What Matt said.

Third Base

Whitener: David Wright, New York Mets:
One of the game’s great ambassadors and de facto host of the ASG is also the best of NL third basemen far and away this year. He’s leading his position in hits, average, doubles, triples and stolen bases.

Rev: David Wright, New York Mets: I have to tell you, I really, really, really was tempted to put Pedro Alvarez here. After all, the guy leads all NL three-baggers in home runs and RBI, and he’s been real hot lately. But that .241 average is too much to overlook, and Wright is a better all-around player, period. Plus, he’s the hometown guy.

Shortstop

Whitener: Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers: Troy Tulowitzki has had the best year at the position, but he won’t be healthy in time to play. This leaves the spot open for Segura, the Brewers’ prize return for Zack Greinke a year ago, who’s leading the NL in hits and is second in steals as well.

Rev: Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies: I know Tulo won’t be available for the game, but he’s the best shortstop in the NL and has steered the Rockies to within a game and a half of first thanks to his insane .347 average, 16 home runs, 51 RBI and 1.048 OPS, all of which lead the entire majors for shortstops.

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    13 Comments

  • Otis says:

    I’m fine with just about all of these selections. Here are my differences though:

    Second Base: Matt Carpenter, he’s hitting over 50 points higher than Phillips & 100+ higher on the OPS. His position in the lineup doesnt give him many RBI opportunities so he has 30 less RBI’s but you turn around & see he scores 20 more runs!

    Outfield: I didnt know the NL will pick a DH, but if so I’m fine with Cuddyer being there otherwise, he should no question be the 3rd OF along w/ Dominic Brown & CarGO

    I’d elect Tulo over Segura but as was stated, since he’s not gonna be healthy then Segura is more the deserving of the nod

    • We can give Matt Carpenter the Omar Infante utility player spot. But yeah, Carpenter has been excellent this year.

      • The lack of respect for what Carlos Beltran is doing is puzzling. When you line up his numbers next to every other outfielder in the NL, the only one that has produced better across the board in more categories is CarGo.

        Stats matter, but impact on the standings w/ fantastic stats is the ultimate accumulation.

  • I sat here for 20 minutes trying to determine who on the NL East leading Atlanta Braves should be bumped for someone on this list and I couldn’t find anyone. I’m not sure if I should be worried or optimistic that no one’s emerged to lead yet.

    Great job fellas.

  • Kenny says:

    Hey, Rev. Attaway to basically echo everything Matt Whitener said. My three-year-old nephew could have made the same picks as you. This is almost as wild as you taking Christian Laettner with the top pick in our college basketball fantasy draft.

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