Yesterday, we looked at what the AL All Star Team would look like if each team didn’t need to have a representative and there wasn’t any fan voting. Today, let’s look at what the NL All Star Team would look like under these same circumstances.
Catcher: JT Realmuto
Realmuto is the only catcher hitting over .300, as he’s hitting .305/.358/.535 with 11 home runs. Despite being the best offensive catcher in the MLB, he’s also gained the reputation as one of the game’s better defensive catchers as well. He’s the main reason that the Marlins have been somewhat competitive this season with his 3.4 WAR, which leads all catchers.
Back Up: Buster Posey
Posey may not be having one of his better seasons, but he’s still hitting .290/.371/.420 with 5 home runs. The power is down, but his 2.3 WAR and stellar on base percentage show he’s still one of the best catchers in the MLB. His 6 drs shows he’s one of the game’s best defensive catcher and has done a great job handling a Giants rotation that has dealt with a lot of injuries this season.
First Base: Freddie Freeman
A main reason the Braves are in first place in the NL East is the play of Freddie Freeman. He’s hitting .304/.396/.525 with 16 home runs. He’s not just a great hitter, as he’s also a great defender with 3 drs and a 3.1 WAR. He’s a definite MVP candidate, especially if the Braves keep winning.
Back Up: Paul Goldschmidt
Up until June, Paul Goldschmidt was in the midst of the worst season of his career. However due to a very strong June that earned him NL Player of the Month, he’s now hitting .273/.381/.528 with 19 home runs. His defense has also been solid at first with 3 drs. Unlike many first baseman, he also is a great baserunner and contributes in all facets to the first place Diamondbacks, which is why his WAR is solid at 2.8.
Second Base: Scooter Gennett
Scooter Gennett may not be the greatest defender in the world with -2 drs, but it doesn’t matter. He’s hitting .328 (highest in the NL) with a .369 OBP, .522 SLG, and 14 home runs. His 2.9 WAR shows that he provides a lot of value to the Reds despite being a lackluster defender due to his production offensively.
Back Up: Ozzie Albies
Never thought of as a power threat, Albies is proving to be one with a .517 SLG with 18 home runs. He’s also hitting .280 with a .320 OBP, and leads the NL in runs (67), doubles (29), and total bases (194). He’s a solid defender with 3 drs, and a solid baserunner with 8 stolen bases. Hence, his 3.1 WAR.
Third Base: Nolan Arenado
Arenado’s having another outstanding season, hitting .310/.393/.594 with 22 home runs and the highest OPS in the NL (.988), as well as the most RBI in the NL (63). He’s known as a great defender, so one shouldn’t worry about his -1 drs and look at his 3.2 WAR. He’s having another MVP type season, and deserves to make his 4th All Star Game.
Back Up: Eugenio Suarez
In his first year after signing a seven-year extension with the Reds, Suarez is proving the be worth every penny, hitting .308/.395/.568 with 17 home runs. He also is leading the NL in RBI (63) and OPS+ (150). He’s another player who is having a surprisingly down season defensively by the metrics (0 drs), but I wouldn’t read too much into it as the eye test proves he’s an above average defender at the hot corner. His 3.0 WAR would usually be enough for him to start in the all-star game, but there are so many good third baseman that is can be hard to stand out. Suarez has done enough though to be a 1-B to Arenado, and is developing into a star.
Short Stop: Brandon Crawford
The race to be the starting NL short stop is arguably the most lopsided of all races, as Brandon Crawford is the easy choice to start in this year’s All Star Game at short. The 31-year-old is in the midst of a break out season, as he’s hitting .304/.369/.488 with 10 home runs. He’s also an elite defender with 6 drs and the reputation as a gold glover. His 3.0 WAR shows how valuable he is to the Giants, and he is the clear deserving starting short stop for the NL.
Back Up: Trea Turner
Argubly the most valuable position player on the Nationals, Turner’s hitting .282/.359/.427 with 11 home runs. He is a five tool player, as he’s an outstanding defender with 9 drs and an absolute speed threat on the bases with 22 stolen bases. That shows with his 3.4 WAR, and he definitely deserves to make his first All Star Game.
Left Field: Christian Yelich
The first of two Brewers outfielders and offseason additions that deserve to start in this year’s All Star Game, Yelich is having an outstanding first season for the Brewers. He’s hitting .286/.362/.465 with 11 home runs. He’s not just a hitter, as he’s an outstanding defender with 5 drs and a solid baserunner with 10 stolen bases, which shows with his 2.4 WAR despite missing some time due to injury.
Back Up: Corey Dickerson
In his first season with the Pirates, Dickerson is having an outstanding season. He’s hitting .309/.343/.460 with 6 home runs. His power has disappeared, but he’s improved his on base percentage as well as his defense. His defense is now on the verge of elite with 9 drs. It’s unclear why he’s become a completely different player, but it’s probably for the better as he’s become more of a two-way player.
Center Field: Lorenzo Cain
The other big offseason addition for the Brewers, Lorenzo Cain has been an all around contributor for the Brewers. He’s hitting .291/.394/.438 with 8 home runs. He also has stolen 16 bases, has played elite defense with 11 drs, and has an outstanding 3.9 WAR despite missing some time due to injury.
Back Up: Brandon Nimmo
Coming into the season, Brandon Nimmo was supposed to be nothing more than a bench player. Now, he’s on the verge of making the All Star Game. He’s hitting .260/.382/.515 with 12 home runs. He hasn’t been great defensively with 0 drs, but he’s definitely not a liability. His 2.5 WAR considering he didn’t play that much at the beginning of the year shows how valuable of a player he is.
Right Field: Nick Markakis
Overlooked due to Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis has been an extremely valuable contributor for the first place Braves this season. He’s hitting .324/.389/.490 with 10 home runs. He leads the NL in hits (111), has been a solid defender (3 drs), and has a WAR that shows his value (2.8). It’s crazy to believe Markakis at age 34 still hasn’t been to the All Star Game, but that’s going to change this year.
Back Up: Matt Kemp
Thought of as an after thought after being traded back to the Dodgers, Kemp is silencing his critics in what has been an outstanding season for him. He’s hitting .321/.356/.556 with 15 home runs, as has been a consistent producer in the middle of the Dodgers’ lineup. He’s a lackluster defender with -3 drs, which is why he doesn’t deserve to start and has only a 1.7 WAR. However, his offensive production is enough for him to earn a spot as a reserve.
Designated Hitter: Max Muncy
Max Muncy wasn’t even in the major leagues at the beginning of the season. Now, he’s deserving of a spot in this year’s All Star Game. He’s hitting .275/.413/.627, and has 20 home runs in just 139 at bats. He’s also played four different positions this season (1B, 2B, 3B, LF), which is extremely valuable as it gives the Dodgers flexibility. Since he doesn’t have a true defensive position, having him start at DH is a great idea.
Back Up: Jesus Aguilar
Another breakout player this season, Jesus Aguilar has become the Brewers’ number three hitter despite starting the season as the team’s third string first baseman. He’s hitting .307/.365/.618 with 20 home runs in just 238 at bats. He’s been a solid defender at first, but his main trait is his offensive ability, and should be a reserve for DH and could possibly play first base in the All Star Game as well. However, he doesn’t make it as a back up for first base due to there being so many good first baseman in the NL.
Starting Pitcher: Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom is showing exactly why wins and losses are overrated. Despite having a 1.79 ERA, he is only 5-4 due to the Mets’ inability to give him run support. To add to his low ERA, deGrom also has a 0.99 WHIP, 2.32 FIP, 6.6 H/9, 0.5 HR/9, 2.3 BB/9, and 11.1 K/9. deGrom’s 5.3 WAR is also the highest for a pitcher in the MLB.
Other Starting Pitchers
2.16 ERA 0.87 WHIP 2.22 FIP 5.6 H/9 0.7 HR/9 2.2 BB/9 13 K/9 4.9 WAR (Best H/9, WHIP, K/9, and FIP in NL)
3.25 ERA 1.18 WHIP 3.99 FIP 7.8 H/9 1 HR/9 2.8 BB/9 7.2 K/9 3.8 WAR
2.46 ERA 1.03 WHIP 2.71 FIP 6.7 H/9 0.5 HR/9 2.6 BB/9 9 K/9 5.1 WAR (Best HR/9 in NL)
2.27 ERA 1.12 WHIP 2.68 FIP 8.6 H/9 1 HR/9 1.4 BB/9 10.4 K/9 2.7 WAR
2.37 ERA 1.11 WHIP 3.16 FIP 6.2 H/9 0.8 HR/9 3.8 BB/9 10.8 K/9 2.5 WAR
3.05 ERA 1.01 WHIP 2.77 FIP 6.7 H/9 0.9 HR/9 2.4 BB/9 11.3 K/9 3.0 WAR
3.10 ERA 1.23 WHIP 3.82 FIP 6.9 H/9 0.8 HR/9 4.2 BB/9 8.7 K/9 1.7 WAR
2.97 ERA 1.08 WHIP 2.91 FIP 7.8 H/9 0.7 HR/9 2.0 BB/9 8.9 K/9 2.2 WAR
1.56 ERA 0.94 WHIP 2.07 FIP 6.7 H/9 0.2 HR/9 1.8 BB/9 9.1 K/9 1.8 WAR
1.88 ERA 0.91 WHIP 2.15 FIP 4.5 H/9 0.5 HR/9 3.8 BB/9 14.1 K/9 1.9 WAR
1.21 ERA 0.74 WHIP 1.19 FIP 3 H/9 0.4 HR/9 3.6 BB/9 16.7 K/9 2.2 WAR