Spiffy Selects the MLB All-Star Game: NL Edition, with Snubs

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And I’ll get right down to it. The 32 players on the NL squad were a little easier to choose than the AL, but there were still plenty of tough decisions. Behold.

NL Lineup:

1. Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins. SS. He’s one of the most dynamic players in the game, if not the most.

2. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies. 2B. The leading homerun hitter in the majors, and a early favorite to become the 3rd different Phillie to win an MVP in three years.

3. Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves. 3B. I hear he’s a pretty good hitter.

4. Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals. DH.

5. Lance Berkman, Houston Astros. 1B. You’re looking at the stat stuffer of the first half season.

6. Matt Holliday, Colorado Rockies. OF.

7. Carlos Lee, Houston Astros. OF. I’ve always been an El Caballo fan, and he keeps chugging along.

8. Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves. C. He has better numbers than Soto. Look them up, you might learn something.

9. Nate McLouth, Pittsburgh Pirates. OF. He makes the team based on a monster April, but because you could make an argument for the entire Pirates outfield to be starting (Nady’s still hitting. 320 and Bay has 17 homeruns and 6 steals), he deserves the nod.

Reserves

Geovany Soto, Chicago Cubs. C.

Russell Martin, Los Angeles Dodgers. C. He can play 3B too, apparently.

Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego Padres. 1B. He leads the NL in RBI, and he plays at Petco park. Imagine if he was still in Texas.

Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds. 2B. Like BJ Upton, but still in the infield, and an All-Star.

Dan Uggla, Florida Marlins. 2B. Who thought this guy had staying power? I didn’t. He keeps getting better. The country boy can sure wallop.

David Wright, New York Mets. 3B. I almost went with Garret Atkins over Wright, but I had to give the guy on my fantasy team the nod for confidence sake.

Jose Reyes, New York Mets. SS. Had a slow start, and doesn’t have as many steals, but still the 2nd most dynamic shortstop in the game, to the NL starter Hanley.

Cristian Guzman, Washington Nationals. SS. He isn’t even the only National on the team. He leads the majors in hits.

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers. OF. The OF experiment went well. He has no errors.

Corey Hart, Milwaukee Brewers. OF. I could’ve gone with a few others in this spot, including Ryan Ludwick, but I love the combo of power and speed this guy offers.

DL- Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs. He would’ve made my squad if healthy, and rumor has it he’ll be ready for the game, but if I was Pineilla I’d make him sit. He still deserves to be here.

Pitching Squad

Starting Pitcher: Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants. The “Freak” rules. He 10-1 on the Giants. ‘Nuff said.

Dan Haren, Arizona Diamondbacks. Maybe he won’t decline in the second half, but he’s the king of the first half.

Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies. How this guy was forgotten in this year’s game is beyond me.

Edinson Volquez, Cincinnati Reds. I hear this guy’s pretty good.

Ben Sheets, Milwaukee Brewers. Best start to his career and he’s finally winning games.

Brandon Webb, Arizona Diamondbacks. Was the no brainer starter for awhile but has stumbled of late. Still has 12 wins.

Johan Santana, New York Mets. I’m sorry, but the All-Star game can’t NOT have this guy. His 7-7 record is more indicative of the Mets crappy bullpen and surprisingly crappy team in general, and besides, he’s a stud in the second half.

Jake Peavy, San Diego Padres. The Cy Young winner of last year, he has an ERA barely over 2 since returning from a scary injury. He may not have many years ahead of him here, since a big injury is going to hit this guy eventually.

Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs. I hate him, but Big Z is good.

Aaron Cook, Colorado Rockies. The guy had blood clots. Good enough for me.

Kerry Wood, Chicago Cubs. It’s a shame he’ll never be a starter again, but he makes for an excellent closer.

Brad Lidge, Philadelphia Phillies. Best closer in baseball not named Rivera this season.

Jon Rauch, Washington Nationals. When Cordero went down, who knew that the tallest pitcher in baseball history would be BETTER than the former All-Star? (I did)

DL- Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals. He was one of the best pitchers in baseball before he went down, so he deserves a nod.

Snubs (from both leagues, in no particular order):

David DeJesus, Royals.

Dice-K, Red Sox.

Matt Garza, Rays.

Zack Greinke, Royals.

Jon Lester, Red Sox.

Kyle Lohse, Cardinals. Almost the best free agent signing of the year.

Jonathan Sanchez, Giants.

James Shields, Rays.

Gavin Floyd, White Sox.

Ryan Ludwick, Cardinals.

Xavier Nady, Pirates.

Chad Billingsley, Dodgers.

Tim Hudson, Braves.

Jason Bay, Pirates.

Aramis Ramirez, Cubs.

Ryan Dempster, Cubs.  

Pat Burrell, Phillies.

Garret Atkins, Rockies.

Derrek Lee, Cubs.

George Sherrill, Orioles.

Brandon Morrow, Mariners.

Josh Beckett, Red Sox.

Aubrey Huff, Orioles.

John Danks, White Sox.

Manny Ramirez, Red Sox.

Billy Wagner, Mets.

Jason Giambi, Yankees.

There’s probably more, but screw it.

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7 Responses to “Spiffy Selects the MLB All-Star Game: NL Edition, with Snubs”

  1. davidry214 Says:

    Wow, you really screwed Ludwick, methinks. He’s obviously cooled lately, but he’s still a huge reason the Cardinals, who had no business contending this season, are right in the thick of things. I’d kick Hart off for him, and I’d probably start Braun over McLouth.

    I’d also probably make Volquez my starting pitcher over Lincecum. It’s not like Cincy is just a ton better than SF. This is splitting hairs though, since you can’t go wrong either way.

    I think I’d also try to find a place for Dempster, even though it’s tough to kick anyone off. As good as Peavy has been when he’s pitched, I’d have to give a slight edge to the guy who hasn’t missed time. And Dempster is unbeatable at home, and it’s not like Wrigley is a pitchers’ park like Petco.

  2. spiffyithaca Says:

    Eh, I’m biased against guys that I feel like are flash in the pans…but maybe Dempster is really for real. I probably did screw him over, and you’re right about Peavy.

    Lincecum and Volquez is definitely a toss up, but while the Reds aren’t much better than the Giants, the Reds are WAY better at hitting, so it’s amazing that Lincecum is 10-2 on a team where Randy Winn and Fred Lewis are the best hitters (Rowand too). And I find Lincecum more fascinating, and yes, I saw him pitch when he was on UW (he lost).

    And I’m not sure why I overlooked Ludwick, but to be fair, this was before his recent hot streak where he now has 19 homeruns.

  3. davidry214 Says:

    Oh, I don’t disagree that Dempster is probably a flash in the pan. Or, at least, he’s closer to that than he is to being for real. But it’s just a first-half award, and given what happened with Hill, the Cubs would have been in a rough spot if Dempster hadn’t pitched so well.

    Well, I think both our picks deserved it more than Sheets. And that’s nothing against Sheets, he’s been great himself, and it’s good to see him staying healthy for the most part (I sincerely hope it lasts, even though this is the one year I don’t have him on any fantasy teams).

  4. spiffyithaca Says:

    Yeah, Sheets would’ve been my 3rd choice, which isn’t bad I guess. Lincecum threw 112 pitches on Sunday (and it seemed like a lot of the #1 starters did too), so I think that factored into the decision.

  5. davidry214 Says:

    Sheets and Sabathia will be an awesome duo to watch down the stretch, especially with Parra and Bush pitching so well too. If that offense clicks like it can, the Brewers may have a WS run in them after all. Imagine if they had Gallardo too.

  6. davidry214 Says:

    Though I guess if Gallardo hadn’t gotten hurt and was pitching well instead, there’s a chance they wouldn’t have made the Sabathia trade (though it would’ve still seemed like a good fit, since they have good OF depth for the future with that prospect anyway).

  7. spiffyithaca Says:

    I think it might’ve given them even more incentive, because then their rotation would’ve been incredible. A rotation with the good version of Bush as the #5 guy? Wow.

    Gallardo was pitching lights out pre-injury too. He wouldn’t have been Sheets or CC good, but maybe closer than people might think, and adding Parra and Bush to the mix, I’m getting a boner just thinking about it. It seems like Villanueva’s better suited to the ‘pen, but he definitely is a great #6 man to have in the future too.

    I hope they make a run that makes CC want to stay, because I love the Brewers and imagining them with Gallardo is just too fun.

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