Sunday, October 27, 2013

The 2013 All-National League Central Team


There was arguably no division in Major League Baseball more stacked near the top than the National League Central in 2013. The division produced three playoff teams in the likes of the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cincinnati Reds, and there were plenty of players responsible for that, too.

So, for the sake of fun and debate, I have developed a 25-man roster comprised of players strictly hailing from the National League Central Division, which represents the best the division has to offer. Each player on this imaginary team enjoyed tremendous success this season and is deserving of the recognition.

Remember, numbers don't lie, and numbers were a major factor when creating this squad.

Without further ado, here is your 2013 All-National League Central Team:

STARTING LINEUP
C - Yadier Molina (.319 BA, 44 2B, 80 RBI, 5.7 WAR)
1B - Joey Votto (.435 OBP, 24 HR, 30 2B, 6.4 WAR)
2B - Matt Carpenter (.318 BA, 55 2B, 126 RS, 6.6 WAR)
SS - Jean Segura (.294 BA, 44 SB, 49 RBI, 3.9 WAR)
3B - Pedro Alvarez (36 HR, 100 RBI, 22 2B, 3.4 WAR)
OF - Carlos Gomez (.284 BA, 24 HR, 40 SB, 8.4 WAR)
OF - Andrew McCutchen (.404 OBP, 27 SB, 84 RBI, 8.2 WAR)
OF - Jay Bruce (30 HR, 109 RBI, 43 2B, 5.1 WAR)

BENCH
OF - Matt Holliday (.389 OBP, 22 HR, 94 RBI, 2.7 WAR)
OF - Shin-Soo Choo (.423 OBP, 107 RS, 21 HR, 4.2 WAR)
1B - Allen Craig (.315 BA, 97 RBI, 29 2B, 2.3 WAR)
OF - Carlos Beltran (.296 BA, 24 HR, 84 RBI, 2.4 WAR)
2B - Brandon Phillips (18 HR, 103 RBI, 80 RS, 1.7 WAR)

STARTING ROTATION
SP - Francisco Liriano (3.02 ERA, 16-8, 163 K, 161 IP)
SP - Mat Latos (3.16 ERA, 14-7, 210.2 IP, 32 GS)
SP - Adam Wainwright (2.94 ERA, 19-9, 241.2 IP, 34 GS)
SP - Travis Wood (3.11 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 200 IP, 32 GS)
SP - Shelby Miller (3.06 ERA, 15-9, 173.1 IP, 31 GS)

BULLPEN
LRP - Homer Bailey (3.49 ERA, 199 K, 1.12 WHIP, 32 GS)
RP - Trevor Rosenthal (2.63 ERA, 29 Holds, 108 K, 75.1 IP)
RP - Jason Grilli (2.70 ERA, 33 Saves, 74 K, 50 IP)
RP - Justin Wilson (2.08 ERA, 14 Holds, 192 BAA, 73.2 IP)
RP - Sam LeCure (2.66 ERA, 17 Holds, 61 IP)
SU - Mark Melancon (1.39 ERA, 26 Holds, 16 Saves, 71 IP)
CL - Aroldis Chapman (2.54 ERA, 38 Saves, 112 K, 63.2 IP)

Most Valuable Hitter - Andrew McCutchen (PIT)
Most Valuable Pitcher - Adam Wainwright (STL)
Best Manager - Clint Hurdle (PIT)

Do you want to see how this team compares to our 2013 All-NL Central preseason team? Please follow this link to do so. Amazingly, only 10 of the 25 players from our preseason squad made it to onto this one. Some of the players who failed to live up to expectations were injured or suspended (Ryan Braun, Jonathan Broxton, Sean Marshall, Johnny Cueto, Ryan Ludwick) while others like Todd Frazier, Starlin Castro, and Yovani Gallardo just didn't perform up to their potential.

All in all, here is the player breakdown by team:

Cardinals - 8
Reds - 8
Pirates - 6
Brewers - 2
Cubs - 1

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