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National League All-Stars

 

You only have a few days left to vote for your National League All-Stars. Here is the opinion of one of our many talented baseball writers on how you should use those 35 votes you are allowed.

Catcher

Photo by: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Photo by: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

 

Starter: Yadier Molina-St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals catcher has been to the last seven all-star games. I think he is the best catcher in the National League and I think he should be the starter. Molina has a perfect fielding percentage so far this season.

 

Reserve: Buster Posey-San Francisco Giants

Buster Posey is the other National League catcher with a perfect fielding percentage. He has eight home runs so far this season and would be a good fit for the reserve catcher.

 

First Baseanthony-rizzo

 

Starter: Anthony Rizzo-Chicago Cubs

Rizzo leads National League first basemen in RBI’s and WAR. He is the best all-around first basemen in the NL in my opinion and he should be the starter.

 

Reserve: Paul Goldschmidt-Arizona Diamondbacks

Goldschmidt is tied with Anthony Rizzo for the highest WAR among first basemen in the National League. He does not have elite offensive stats this season but has been very valuable to his team.

 

Second BaseBenZobrist

 

Starter: Ben Zobrist-Chicago Cubs

Ben Zobrist has the highest amount of walks, OBP, and WAR among second basemen in the National League. His plate discipline is his greatest asset and it is what separates him as the best second basemen.

 

Reserve: Daniel Murphy-Washington Nationals

Daniel Murphy has been one of the best offensive players in the National League this season. He has the highest batting average for a second basemen in the National League. He struggles a little bit on defense, which is why he is not the starter.

 

Third BasekrisBryant2

 

Starter: Kris Bryant-Chicago Cubs

Bryant is one of the best all-around players in baseball and he is my pick for starter at third base. He is at the top of many offensive categories for third basemen in the National League.

 

Reserve: Nolan Arenado-Colorado Rockies

Arenado is one of the best power hitters in the National League. He leads the National League in home runs. He would be a good fit for a reserve third basemen.

 

Short StopCoreySeager

 

Starter: Cory Seager-Los Angeles Dodgers

Cory Seager leads National League shortstops in runs and hits. I think he is the most consistent shortstop in the National League and should be the starter.

 

Reserve: Trevor Story-Colorado Rockies

Trevor Story has been one of the biggest surprises this season. He leads National League shortstops in home runs. He has benefited from playing at Coors though, 40% of his home runs have occurred at home.

 

OutfieldBryceHarper

 

Starter: Bryce Harper-Washington Nationals

Bryce Harper is a three time All-Star and I think he will be a starter in the 2016 All-Star game. One of Harper’s most underrated assets is his plate discipline; he leads National League in walks.

 

Starter: Dexter Fowler-Chicago Cubs

Dexter Fowler has been one of the best all-around outfielders this season and should be a starter in the All-Star game. He leads National League outfielders in WAR.

 

Adam-Duvall-Cincinnati-RedsStarter: Adam Duvall-Cincinnati Reds

Adam Duvall is one of the most underrated players in baseball. He has 22 home runs this season, which is the second most for any outfielder in either league.

 

Reserve: Starling Marte-Pittsburgh Pirates

Starling Marte leads National League outfielders in hits and doubles. He should be included in an All-Star roster due to his consistency.

 

 

Reserve: Stephen Piscotty-St. Louis Cardinals

Piscotty has a .311 batting average, which is the sixth best for an outfielder in the National League. He also has the second highest WAR among outfielders in the National League

 

Starting Pitcher-

 

Starter: Clayton Kershaw-Los Angeles DodgersClaytonKershawB&W

Kershaw has the lowest ERA in the National League and should be the starter for the National League in the All-Star Game. He has an 8-1 record and a WHIP of 0.65.

 

Starter: Jake Arrieta-Chicago Cubs

Arrieta had his first loss this weekend and boasts a 9-1 record this season. He has the second lowest ERA this season, which is 1.80.

 

JohnnyCuetoStarter: Johnny Cueto-San Francisco Giants

The first year Giant has been one of the best pitchers this season. He has a 11-1 record this season. He has been overshadowed this season by Arrieta and Kershaw but he should be included in the All-Star game this year.

 

Reserve: Noah Syndergaard-New York Mets

Syndergaard has been very valuable to the New York Mets this season. He has an ERA of 1.91 and a WHIP of 0.96.

 

Reserve: Madison Bumgarner-San Francisco Giants

Madison Bumgarner is always an elite pitcher and this season has not been any different. He has an ERA of 1.91 and a WHIP of 1.09.

 

Relief Pitcher:FernandoRodneyPadres

 

Starter: Fernando Rodney-San Diego Padres

Rodney has appeared in 21 games this season and still has an ERA of zero. He has 11 saves so far this season.

 

Starter: Hector Rondon-Chicago Cubs

Rondon has only given up eight hits all season. He has an ERA of 0.98 and a WHIP of 0.60 so far this season.

 

Starter: Kenley Jansen-Los Angeles Dodgers

Jansen has 16 saves so far this season which is the fifth most in the National League. He also has a 1.23 ERA and 0.59 WHIP.

 

Reserve: Jeanmar Gomez-Philadelphia Philliesphillies-jeanmar-gomez

Gomez has 18 saves this season, which is tied, for the highest for saves among National League closers. He has an ERA of 2.79.

 

Reserve: A.J Ramos-Miami Marlins

Ramos is also tied for the most saves in the National League with 18. He has an ERA of 1.88 and a WHIP of 1.21.

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