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2011 NL East All-Star Team and Division Preview

March 30, 2011

C: Brian McCann, Atlanta – Only 27 and averaging over 20 homers the past five years.

1B: Ryan Howard, Philadelphia – Career lows in homers, RBIs, walks and doubles last year.

2B: Dan Uggla, Atlanta – Underrated because he was a Marlin for all those years, but a career year may be in store in Atlanta: 12 homers and a .354 average in 45 career games at Turner Field.

3B: David Wright, New York – I’ll take Wright over Ryan Zimmerman in a close one.

SS: Hanley Ramirez, Florida – This could’ve been debated four years ago, but not now. Hanley’s the best shortstop in the game.

OF: Martin Prado, Atlanta – Prado leads a pretty weak crop of outfielders, but don’t think he’s weak. He’s a career .307 hitter, has had two great years in a row, and averages better than a hit per game in his career.

OF: Mike Stanton, Florida – Stanton won’t win any batting titles anytime soon, but 30 doubles and 30 homers he’s easily capable of.

OF: Jason Heyward, Atlanta – The wunderkind proved he’s the real deal last year and should be in this spot for the next 10 years.

SP: Roy Halladay, Philadelphia – They don’t call him Doc for nothing.

SP: Tommy Hanson, Atlanta – I wasn’t going to put another Phillies pitcher here, but Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Josh Johnson, heck even Roy Oswalt could’ve been here.

RP: TBD, Atlanta – Either Jonny Venters or Craig Kimbrel here. I think Venters ends up with more saves, but both will be dominant.

Projected Standings

  1. Atlanta 91-71
  2. Philadelphia 89-73
  3. Florida 84-78
  4. New York 74-88
  5. Washington 73-89

Division MVP – Dan Uggla

Division Cy Young – Roy Halladay

Dan Uggla hits 40 home runs and 120 RBIs. … No Phillies pitcher wins 20 games, and if one does it’s Joe Blanton. … Ricky Nolasco returns to 2008 form. … Ryan Howard, for the second straight year, doesn’t get to 35 homers or 110 RBIs.


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