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    Ultimate NL Central team

    Maybe because I'm bored out of my mind I was thinking, what kind of team could you get if you combined the best talent from the NL Central? What players would make up this team? I would also say that in my fantasy/tired/bored idea that there would be a DH.

    So far my lineup would be Pujols at 1st and Votto batting 4th in a DH role. Wainwright would be my starting pitcher. Braun and Holliday would be part of my outfield. Aramas Ramirez would be my starting 3rd baseman. Yadi would be behind the plate.

    That's what I have so far. Any other ideas in my hypothetical/bored out of my mind topic of the night?

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    Re: Ultimate NL Central team

    I think I would throw this group out there if I could

    Starting Rotation would be Wainwright, Cueto, Gallardo, W. Rodriguez, and Arroyo.

    My closer would be John Axford

    Line-up would go:
    Andrew McCutchen CF
    Starlin Castro SS
    Albert Pujols 1B
    Joey Votto DH
    Ryan Braun LF
    Jay Bruce RF
    Aramis Ramirez 3B
    Brandon Phillips 2B
    Yadier Molina C

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    Re: Ultimate NL Central team

    Quote Originally Posted by jmbraun773 View Post
    I think I would throw this group out there if I could

    Starting Rotation would be Wainwright, Cueto, Gallardo, W. Rodriguez, and Arroyo.

    My closer would be John Axford

    Line-up would go:
    Andrew McCutchen CF
    Starlin Castro SS
    Albert Pujols 1B
    Joey Votto DH
    Ryan Braun LF
    Jay Bruce RF
    Aramis Ramirez 3B
    Brandon Phillips 2B
    Yadier Molina C
    lol somebody is a reds homer

    the cardinals big 3 are clearly the top 3 starters. after that it's myers. then you have guys like gallardo, rodriguez, cueto, arroyo, westbrook.

    bruce is still behind holliday and hart in the OF.

    everything else looks good

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    Re: Ultimate NL Central team

    I agree with that. I know there is hate for Carpenter in Reds nation but the guy still can get it done. If we go by Garcia's stats last year, he would have to be in the 5 man rotation.

    My 5 man rotation would look like Waino, Carpenter, Gallardo, Garcia, and W. Rodriguez.

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    Re: Ultimate NL Central team

    The other thing I forgot to add is coaching. There is a lot of dislike for TLR inside Cardinals nation and outside but he is still the best manager in the NL Central. Dave Duncan would also be pitching coach of the all NL central team.

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    Re: Ultimate NL Central team

    According to ESPN's Player Ratings here are the best lineups and rotations for the NL Central.

    NL Central's Best Lineup

    NL Central's Best Rotation

    There are 4 different ratings that combine to form the players and it is interesting to look at the 4 different ratings systems and see their lineups and rotations.

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    Re: Ultimate NL Central team

    1B Albert Pujols
    DH Joey Votto
    2B Brandon Phillips
    SS Starlin Castro
    3B Casey McGehee
    LF Ryan Braun
    CF Andrew McCutcheon
    RF Matt Holliday
    C Yadier Molina

    Starting pitchers based on 2010 wins:
    1. Wainwright 20-11
    2. Arroyo 17-10
    3. Carpenter 16-9
    4. Dempster 15-12
    5. Brett Myers (Houston) 14-8
    6. Gallardo 14-7
    7. Jaime Garcia 13-8
    8. Randy Wolf 13-12
    9. Johnny Cueto 12-7
    10. Narveson 12-9

    Starting Pitching based on ERA:
    1. Wainwright
    2. Garcia
    3. Myers
    4. Carpenter
    5. Zambrano (20 starts)
    6. W. Rodriguez
    7. Cueto
    8. Gallardo
    9. Dempster
    10. Arroyo

    Bullpen by Saves:
    1. Cordero - 40
    2. Marmol - 38
    3. Franklin - 27
    4. Lindstrom (Hou) - 23
    5. Lyon (Hou) - 20

    Bullpen by ERA:
    1. Meek - Pitt - 2.14
    2. McClellan - StL - 2.27
    3. Rhodes - Cin - 2.29
    4. Marmol - 2.55
    5. S. Marshall - ChC - 2.65
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    Re: Ultimate NL Central team

    McCutchen CF
    Votto 1B
    Pujols DH
    Braun LF
    Bruce RF
    Ramirez 3B
    Phillips 2B
    Molina C
    Castro SS

    Carpenter
    Wainwright
    Gallardo
    Rodriguez
    Cueto

    Hanigan C
    Rasmus OF
    Holliday OF
    Fielder 1B/DH
    Escobar SS/2B

    Marmol
    Masset
    Hanrahan
    Rhodes
    Meek
    Marshall
    Last edited by urdun; 12-12-2010 at 03:50 AM.

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    Re: Ultimate NL Central team

    I would switch Votto and Pujols at 1st. Votto is a good defensive 1st baseman but Pujols has to be up there as one of the best in the game. He won the Fielding Bible Awards for like 4 straight years.

    There is also no way, right now at least, I would replace Bruce with Holliday. Bruce would be a good defensive OF to bring in later in games but I'm not going to take away a career .317 BA and .931 OPS with Holliday.

    I would also find a way to add Kyle McClellan in the pen. He is one of the best right handed setup guys in the NL. Of course, if you do the crazy lineup that La Russa has, he usually has 12-13 pitchers available so he could be added to a pen that has Marmol, Masset, Hanrahan, Rhodes, Meek, and Marshall.
    Last edited by MikeThierry; 12-13-2010 at 02:04 AM.

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    Re: Ultimate NL Central team

    I think you guys are way off... Janish should be the Starting SS on this Ultimate NL Central team, afterall he is awesome according to some of you...

    :fineprint

    This post is not to be taken seriously.

    :fineprint

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    Re: Ultimate NL Central team

    Hondo, maybe I should create a list of the All Bad NL Central team. He might make that list


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