Last week, Rox Pile, Venom Strikes, Lasorda’s Liar, Frisco Fastball, and Chicken Friars announced our All NL-West position players. I’m certain that the majority of our readers printed out the roster and posted it on the fridge, but, for those that didn’t, here is the team:
C – Buster Posey
1B – Aubrey Huff
2B – Kelly Johnson
SS – Troy Tulowitzki
3B – Pablo Sandoval
OF – Chris Young
OF – Andre Ethier
OF – Carlos Gonzalez
Here are my comments on the squad.
This week, we released our pitching staff; there weren’t many surprises. I made a very bias vote for Jhoulys over Mat Latos and tried to get Matt Belisle selected over Mike Adams. Obviously, the other writers weren’t in agreement. Here is the staff:
I think Jhoulys has a chance to be as good as these guys, but I can’t argue with the final vote. All five starters belong.
I don’t like the Adams pick. He had a great season last year, but Matt Belisle was more valuable. While Adams had a lower ERA, the two pitchers had very similar WHIPs. Adams appeared in 70 games last year and only threw 66 innings. Belisle appeared in 76 games, but threw almost thirty innings more than Adams with 92. Even more impressive, Belisle only walked 16 hitters, while Adams walked 23. In the end, Belisle was a more dependable reliever. Both were great, but Belisle accounted for a lot more outs.
Now it’s your turn. Fansided is stacking the NL’s three All-Division teams against each other and letting the fans vote on the winner. Obviously, I think the NL West has the best squad. They have the league’s best catcher, shortstop, outfielder, and pitching staff. The East’s pitchers are solid, but, top-to-bottom, the West is better. Here’s the link. Go to it and vote. Then, go grab your laptop and vote. Then, vote from your cell phone. Seriously, the NL West needs the help.