After 53 games into the 2012 regular season, Dusty Baker's squad has gone 30 up and 23 down -- good enough for first place in the NL Central and good enough for the third-best in the league. It also means that we're nearly one-third of the way through the 162-game schedule. And to mark this momentous occasion ESPN.com's David Schoenfield recently unveiled his list of deserving All-Stars. Two Cincinnati Reds made the cut and one even garnered one-third MVP honors.
First base: Joey Votto, Reds. Votto is hitting .346/.476/.620, and while that line may not have stood out in the juiced-up PED era, it stands out in 2012. Here's one way to compare that line. Today's offensive numbers compare to output from 1988 to 1992. In those seasons, only four players produced a 1.000 OPS and only one had a higher OPS than Votto's current 1.096 -- Barry Bonds in 1992.
Relief pitcher: Aroldis Chapman, Reds. Twenty-eight innings, one unearned run. Fifty strikeouts. One extra-base hit. Yes, sir.
One-third NL MVP: Joey Votto. The league's best hitter on a division-leading team. Gets the nod over David Wright and all those outfielders putting up big numbers.
Hey, we are still a little over a month away from the Midsummer Classic, but I'd bet my bottom dollar that both Votto and Chapman will be playing in that game come July 10th in Kansas City.