Tuesday, July 15 • 7 p.m.
With only a month remaining until starters are elected, it’s time to assess who deserves your vote based upon the season’s first eight weeks. This week: the NL players who should be manning each position at Target Field in road grays next month.
1B: His numbers are down compared to last year, but Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt is still an extra-base machine with 23 doubles and 11 homers entering the weekend.
Vote leader: Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers.
2B: At 35, Chase Utley lacks only the power he displayed as a perennial MVP candidate for the Phillies a decade ago. But he’s still strong defensively, and an elite hitter.
Vote leader: Utley.
SS: Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki entered the weekend with a gaudy .453 on-base percentage and an amazing .689 slugging percentage; he’s also been virtually error-free in the field.
Vote leader: Tulowitzki.
3B: Another Rockies player? Yep. In just his second season, Nolan Arenado has become one of the most sure-handed fielders in the game. At the plate, he’s developed into a .300 hitter already, and he’s begun to show more power.
Vote leader: Arenado.
OF: Giancarlo Stanton not only leads the league in home runs and RBI but probably also in holy-cow moments with his tape-measure blasts. Miami’s franchise slugger is also running career highs in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging.