Sunday, April 1, 2012

Preseason All-NL Central Team

Votto headlines an impressive collection of players
The votes are in! Thanks to everyone who took the time to cast their ballot. This was definitely a fun post to put together. But without further adieu, here is the unveiling of the Redlegs Review Preseason All-NL Central team, as voted by you all. I hope you enjoy.

Starters
C Yadier Molina (STL)
1B Joey Votto (CIN)
2B Brandon Phillips (CIN)
SS Starlin Castro (CHC)
3B Aramis Ramirez (MIL)
LF Ryan Braun (MIL)
CF Andrew McCutchen (PIT)
RF Jay Bruce (CIN)

Reserves
OF Corey Hart (MIL)
3B David Freese (STL)
2B Rickie Weeks (MIL)
OF Carlos Beltran (STL)
C Jonathan Lucroy (MIL)

Starting Rotation
SP Zack Greinke (MIL)
SP Yovani Gallardo (MIL)
SP Adam Wainwright (STL)
SP Chris Carpenter (STL)
SP Mat Latos (CIN)

Bullpen
RHP Joel Hanrahan (PIT)
RHP Francisco Rodriguez (MIL)
RHP Jason Motte (STL)
LHP Aroldis Chapman (CIN)
RHP Carlos Marmol (CHC)
SU Sean Marshall (CIN)
CL John Axford (MIL)

Here's how the roster was determined:

Postion players: Players receiving the most votes at their respective position earned the nod for that position on the team. The remaining top five vote-getters comprised the reserve portion of the roster.

Pitching staff: The five starting pitchers who collected the most votes earned a spot in the starting rotation. The seven relievers who tallied the most votes earned a spot in the bullpen.

Notables regarding the voting results:
-84 ballots were cast during the voting period.
-Votto was the top vote-getter in the division. He collected all but two votes for "top first basemen in the NL Central".
-Phillips edged out Weeks by a mere two votes (40-38) to win the distintion of being the division's top second basemen. It was the tightest race for any position spot by far.
-Freese was the top vote-getter among the reserves (26).
-Greinke received the most marks for a starting pitcher (78).
-Cueto finished sixth among SP (42)...Chicago's Matt Garza finished seventh (36).
-St. Louis' Fernando Salas just misssed the cut for the bullpen. He finished eighth with 20 votes.
-Ryan Madson was not included on the ballot due to his season-ending injury.
-The Cardinals placed the most players on the squad with nine, the Cardinals finished second with seven, the Reds were third with six, and the Pirates and Cubs both boasted two a piece. The Astros were shutout.

Thanks again for all who participated!

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