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  1. I’d take this team over Dave’s in a 3-1 ballgame. The offense may not be as mighty but I just don’t see how those poor AL guys are going to score off Strasburg, Dickey, and then relievers like Pap and Aroldis.

    Comment by Aaron Murray — July 2, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

  2. That team is certainly a lot better than the one that the fans voted for, except that Greinke should have made the team. In fact I really thought he would be the starter for the NL this year.

    It’s a darn shame that none of the Braves outfielders made the “real” all-star team. Bourn especially deserved it.

    Comment by JT — July 2, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

  3. ………and Kimbrel!!

    Comment by JT — July 2, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

  4. I think you’re underestimating Ruiz’ blocking ability. According to this article,

    http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/another-one-bites-the-dust/

    Chooch is a very good pitch-blocker too. Perhaps not as good but still above average.

    Comment by Oliver — July 2, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

  5. Vogelsong? Give me a break. You are such a homer. Cueto is more deserving. Bonus: he sleeps with Tony LaRussa’s gfs.

    Comment by stretch — July 2, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

  6. Since you already have CarGo and Beltran in the starting lineup, I am wondering why you chose Beltran’s glove over CarGo’s for RF?

    Comment by Choo — July 2, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

  7. Why not start Dickey and Molina, then replace them (Dickey for the limit; pinch hit for Molina the next time he’s due up after that). You wouldn’t have to take a chance on your other catcher being able to handle Dickey.

    Comment by Baltar — July 2, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

  8. This is exactly what I was thinking.

    Comment by Anon — July 2, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

  9. CarGo plays LF and CF. I suppose I could have used CarGo in left and had Braun as the DH. That might have made more sense.

    Comment by Wendy Thurm — July 2, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  10. For all we know Ruiz might catch Dickey better than Molina. Neither has ever caught a knuckler in the bigs.

    Comment by nik — July 2, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

  11. To be fair, Wendy seems to be the only Giants fan who doesn’t think Sandoval should be the starting 3B.

    Comment by vivalajeter — July 2, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

  12. better to have Dickey as a changeup between Stras’ high velocity and the presumably high velocity reliver.

    Comment by PMac — July 2, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

  13. Precisely

    Comment by Wendy Thurm — July 2, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

  14. Braun is a better LF than Beltran is a RF, and CarGo has played a pretty mean RF in the past. Also, keeping your switch-hitter at DH ensures he give you that automatic platoon advantage all game long – you would lose that if/when it was time to replace Betran defensively.

    Comment by Choo — July 2, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

  15. No, many, many Giants fans agree that Pablo should not be starting. The only reason he is starting because of the push to get Melky back in the top 3 for OFs, his starting and Posey’s record breaking votes were a side-effect of that.

    And to stretch, how the hell does Vogey NOT deserve to be in the all star game?

    Comment by Joe — July 2, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

  16. All 3 of the Braves OF deserved to go. Ranking 7, 8, and 13 in Batter WAR apparently isn’t good enough, though.

    Comment by kp — July 2, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

  17. Joe,

    Cueto is more deserving. As is James McDonald.

    Vogelsong was a homer choice and you know it.

    Comment by stretch — July 2, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

  18. Would you really rather have Tyler Clippard than Greinke?

    Comment by Eminor3rd — July 2, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

  19. you picked a guy with a career wRC+ of 96 for his offense? over dan uggla? and ruiz is starting? this roster is bizarre

    Comment by chiefglockandhummer — July 2, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

  20. What’s wrong with Ruiz starting? He’s been one of the best hitters in baseball this year, with solid-to-good defense. Makes sense to me.

    Comment by Scott — July 2, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

  21. remember this isn’t a reward for the best start of the season, wendy’s actually trying to win this game. do you really think ruiz’s power surge at the tender age of 33 and his suddenly super-elite babip are for real? i mean, mccann, posey, and molina all still play in the national league

    Comment by chiefglockandhummer — July 2, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

  22. Am I going crazy or is there only 24 players on this team?

    Comment by Tyler — July 2, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

  23. If the game is not gonna be at Coors I do not think you want Cargo in the lineup. Checked his splits out, this year, last year or the year before? I know you want the lefthanded bat to break up the lineup but this guy is not your answer.

    Comment by whatever — July 2, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

  24. Both?

    Comment by Ken — July 2, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

  25. You’re right. Wendy must be confident.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — July 2, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

  26. Indeed, I am. But thanks for the catch. I added Greinke.

    Comment by Wendy Thurm — July 2, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

  27. I don’t like Beltran leading off, and he should be DH’ing at this point in his career and CarGo or Bourn should be starting in the outfield playing defense. I checked the fielding stats for LF to see if Braun was a good enough defender, then my brain broke when I tried to figure out how to decipher those things. I’m a bit biased toward Bourn because he’s so awesome. I think he should be in there, either over Braun or CarGo. Homeruns aren’t everything in this game. Bourn’s speed, defense and base running would help this team.

    Comment by game6ers — July 2, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

  28. Should switch Votto and Wright. Most studies say the better hitter should bat 2nd and that would also put more distance between Votto and CarGo, so it would be harder to have the same lefty pitch to both.

    Also, one of your pitchers should be replaced with Jose Reyes. That gives you a backup SS. In reality, I’d probably go with Reyes as the starter. He’s probably better than Jeb Lowrie. But he could at least add value as a pinch runner. You don’t need 11 pitchers for one game, especially if you plan on having the first two pitch to 9 batters each. The advantage you’d get from having more elite hitters able to pinch hit for your non-offensive positions would be much greater than trying to play matchups with the 11th best pitcher in the NL instead of just having the best few pitchers (I’d say Strasburg, Dickey, Grienke, and Cain, in that order) just go through the lineup once, and have a few other top relievers in case one of those guys gets in trouble and you could use a platoon advantage in a high leverage situation.

    Comment by TKDC — July 2, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

  29. Yo it’s fine though, you don’t have to give any justification for your remark that Cueto is more deserving that Vogelsong

    Comment by claybaybay — July 2, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

  30. More wins. Higher K/9. Lower BB/9. Lower FIP and xFIP. Higher WAR.

    Comment by stretch — July 2, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

  31. LOL MORE WINS

    hahaha

    Comment by Kevin Yost — July 2, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

  32. @kevin yost. come on now, that’s a cop out, it’s a solid argument, just because he posted one bogus stat doesn’t mean that the rest of it doesn’t matter.

    Comment by radicalhenri — July 3, 2012 @ 12:10 am

  33. @whatever, good point.

    Comment by radicalhenri — July 3, 2012 @ 12:11 am

  34. I would take the AL team only if Dave managed it.

    Comment by Gerry — July 3, 2012 @ 1:52 am

  35. Jed Lowrie goes down with an injury in the 2nd inning, who is playing SS the rest of the game? I think you need to add Jose Reyes at the expense of one of your pitchers. Lowrie is also a guy I wouldn’t mind having a defensive sub for.

    Comment by Ajay — July 3, 2012 @ 3:34 am

  36. When are the actual all-star game starters announced? I’m curious.

    Comment by BurleighGrimes — July 3, 2012 @ 9:15 am

  37. Good thing you didn’t put Lee, he can’t beat anybody, he he.

    Comment by Julian — July 3, 2012 @ 10:05 am

  38. The AL team has 5 of the top 6 hitters in baseball on it. They could and would score against any pitcher.

    Comment by adohaj — July 3, 2012 @ 10:52 am

  39. Also, higher WAR generally results in more wins… isn’t that the point?

    Comment by Tom B — July 3, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

  40. I agree you need a backup SS. However, for a late inning defensive replacement I would consider Andrelton Simmons. If you have to have 11 pitchers I would replace Prado with Simmons, because he can’t play SS or CF.

    Comment by Dan — July 3, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  41. I see the merit of Wendy’s argument, as you have restated it. I still think the value of having the best defensive catcher in baseball catch the knuckler out weighs the value of the one additional transition from non-knuckler to knuckler.
    Neither of us can prove our position, and I respect Wendy’s choice, but I think my idea is worth thinking about, so I have given it to all of you as a gift. No thanks are necessary.

    Comment by Baltar — July 3, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

  42. Carlos friggin Gonzalez over Michael Bourn? The game is in Kansas City, not Coors Field. Come on.

    Comment by bstar — July 4, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

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