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All-Star picks

Posted on: May 19, 2008 4:42 pm
Edited on: May 19, 2008 4:52 pm
 

To honor horse racing season, we have passed the Quarter-pole and are heading into the summer months and All-Star debate time.

Here are how I see the All-Star teams shaping up right now. Projected Peoples Champions (public ballot winners as starters) are bold:

Team NL

Catchers

  1. Russell Martin, Dodgers
  2. Geovany Soto, Cubs
  3. Brian McCann, Braves

First basemen

  1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
  2. Lance Berkman, Astros ... The Big Puma as the pick here to start as the DH in Yankee Stadium
  3. Derrek Lee, Cubs

Second basemen

  1. Chase Utley, Phillies
  2. Dan Uggla, Marlins

Third basemen

  1. Chipper Jones, Braves
  2. David Wright, Mets
  3. Garrett Atkins, Rockies

Shortstops

  1. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
  2. Miguel Tejada, Astros
  3. Jimmy Rollins, Phillies

Outfielders

  1. Alfonso Soriano, Cubs
  2. Ryan J. Braun, Brewers
  3. Matt Holliday, Rockies
  4. Nate McLouth, Pirates
  5. Pat Burrell, Phillies
  6. Ryan Church, Mets

Starting pitchers

  1. Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks
  2. Johan Santana, Mets
  3. Carlos Zambrano, Cubs
  4. Cole Hamels, Phillies
  5. Tim Lincecum, Giants
  6. Edinson Volquez, Reds
  7. Jake Peavy, Padres

Relief pitchers

  1. Billy Wagner, Mets ... The pick to close
  2. Brad Lidge, Phillies
  3. Brandon Lyon, Diamondbacks
  4. Jon Rauch, Nationals

Team AL

Catchers

  1. Joe Mauer, Twins
  2. Victor Martinez, Indians
  3. Jason Varitek, Red Sox

First basemen

  1. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox
  2. Justin Morneau, Twins

Second basemen

  1. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
  2. Brian Roberts, Orioles

Third basemen

  1. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
  2. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

Shortstops

  1. Derek Jeter, Yankees
  2. Michael Young, Rangers

Outfielders

  1. Josh Hamilton, Rangers
  2. Grady Sizemore, Indians
  3. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
  4. Manny Ramirez, Red Sox
  5. Carlos Quentin, White Sox
  6. Magglio Ordonez, Tigers
  7. Emil Brown, Athletics

DH

  1. David Ortiz, Red Sox

Starting pitchers

  1. Daisuke Matsuzaka, Red Sox
  2. Chien-Ming Wang, Yankees
  3. Cliff Lee, Indians
  4. Roy Halladay, Blue Jays
  5. James Shields, Rays
  6. Joe Saunders, Angels

Relief pitchers

  1. Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox
  2. Francisco Rodriguez, Angels
  3. Mariano Rivera, Yankees
  4. George Sherrill, Orioles
  5. Joakim Soria, Royals

Send me some comments where players I missed the boat on. Don't question me on the players I picked to start. Those are your fault(s). The public picks those and guys like Ichiro Suzuki are voted in all the time, whereas he might not even make the team if I had my way.

Or, heck, send me your projections on the All-Star rosters.

Granted, I am an NL guy, but if the AL doesn't have a lead going into the seventh for Rivera-K-Rod-Papelbon, I like the NL team to finally win this season. The NL bats are just having much better years to date.

Emack.

Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2008 3:05 pm
 

All-Star picks

Does Milton Bradley get any DH love?  2nd best average in AL a couple of days ago.  Not sure today.




Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2008 12:22 pm
 

All-Star picks

If Grady Sizemore makes it to NewYork with the season he is having so far, there needs to be an investigation.



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2008 10:07 am
 

All-Star picks

My picks (I've voted 8 times so far on MLB.com and will continue to submit 2 votes/week, possibly tweaking my votes dependant on whether or not my previous picks continue their All-Star pace):

NL:

C: Geovany Soto. The clear-cut NL ROY at this point can really mash.

1B: Lance Berkman. On pace for the Triple Crown, if not for Larry's BA. Lead-pipe lock choice at this point.

2B: Chase Utley. With JRoll on the shelf and Howard struggling until recently, Utley has carried the offense and gets the slight nod over Uggs.

SS: HanRam. Undeniably the best overall player in the MLB.

3B: Chipper Jones. Another no-brainer.

OF: Alfonso Soriano, Matt Holliday, Nate McLouth. McLouth is the dark horse here, but he has been hitting the ball very well all season and has become an offensive fixture in a revived Pirates offense.

AL:

C: Joe Mauer. The AL is rather weak this year, and C is no exception. VMart could get the nod by the time the Game rolls around, but he's missed too much time this early in the season for me to start him over Mauer.

1B: Justin Morneau. The M&M's strike again.

2B: Ian Kinsler. Hard to deny the all-around game the kid is displaying.

SS: Michael Young. The weakest position in all of baseball right now. Gets a slight nod over the punchless Jeter.

3B: Mike Lowell. Eeny-meeny-miney-mo...

OF: Josh Hamilton, Manny Ramirez, Carlos Quentin. Hamilton and Quentin are playing out of their minds and Manny is, well, being Manny.




Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2008 9:41 am
 

All-Star picks

That looks pretty good. The only thin I would change is replace Brad Lidge with Carlos Marmol. There is no better 8th inning pitcher in the game. A couple days ago they put Marmol on in the 8th with runners on 2nd & 3rd with no outs. He lined out the first guy to third, struck out the second, and made the third ground out to first. Ya, he's incredibly valuable. All-Star HELL YEAH!

Wait, if Lidge is the only way for his team to be represented, than I can understand that. That's y I didn't say take Jon Rauch off, because he's the only National worthy of the All-Star game




Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: May 21, 2008 6:01 pm
 

All-Star picks

HEY ATLEAST SOMEONE AGREES WITH ME!!!!!!@



Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: May 21, 2008 6:00 pm
 

WAIT WAIT WAIT! SNUB WARNING-SNUB WARNING

HEY WAIT JUST A BLEEPING MINUTE, WHERE IS BOBBY JENKS? Do you think really think Soria or Sherrill is better than Bobby Jenks? Seriously? Let's look at the stats. Ok kool so Sherrill has 17 saves. BUT that 3.43 era is double Jenks 1.86. Jenks has walked 5 Sherrill has walked 10. Jenks has a World Series Ring and has had to deal with a slightly slumping Sox team until their current winning streak. Jenks over the past 7 games has been lights out gathering 4 saves with an era of...of.. what was it again oh yeah 0.00 and a whip of 0.40. Plus he's given up zero (0) hits, nada zitlch squat. Soria has been great. He has not blown a save amd has had electric stuff. HOWEVER over his last 7 days his era is an embarrasing 6.00 while hes given up 2 earned runs and has not logged a save. He might get back on track (cough....cough....with the royals by the way) he might not. All I'm saying is put Jenks in consideration. He's gonna be the next Mariano Rivera and got a ring earlier in his career than Rivera did. Hey but the spin stops here I report you decide.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2008 5:42 pm
 

All-Star picks

I think BJ Upton replaces David Roberts at 2B and should start over Pedroia. Bobby Jenks should be in there too probably over Sherrill.

you my friend are what we call an idiot.....b.j. upton plays centerfield....and has for a full season.....you should be tased for being so stupid......and its brian roberts....i guess your still drunk in the aftermath of that patriots superbowl loss....poor fella



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2008 5:24 pm
 

All-Star picks

"Don't question me on the players I picked to start. Those are your fault(s). The public picks those and guys like Ichiro Suzuki are voted in all the time, whereas he might not even make the team if I had my way."

Agree with you 100% That is why the game shouldnt mean anything because when Jose Reyes and Ken Griffey Jr make the team......its a total crock

 




Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2008 3:21 pm
 

All-Star picks where is Upton at 2B?

I think BJ Upton replaces David Roberts at 2B and should start over Pedroia. Bobby Jenks should be in there too probably over Sherrill.



Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: May 21, 2008 2:09 pm
 

Wagner

Hasn't he cost the NL home field enough?  Please choose ANYBODY else.!!!!


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