Creating Best Lineup From NL West

Best Division Lineups: NL West

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One of the stronger divisions in baseball is traditionally heavy on pitching. But this year the Dodgers, Giants and Rockies are in the top 10 of runs scored and can knock the ball around. Here's the NL West's best lineup.

1. Dee Gordon - 2B

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1. Dee Gordon - 2B

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No surprise here -- MLB's leader in stolen bases (30) has been a tremendous boost to the Dodgers lineup. Dee Gordon has an OBP of .340 and doesn't walk as much as you'd like from a lead-off guy, but his blazing speed puts pressure on the defense anytime he makes contact.

2. Yasiel Puig - RF

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2. Yasiel Puig - RF

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The Wild Horse has quieted all critics, showing patience at the plate resulting in a .438 OBP, good for second in the NL. Combine that with his 10 HRs, 38 RBIs and a .349 BA, and he's become a complete hitter. He's got great speed on the base paths, and although he's not an elite base-stealer, he'd be a tremendous No. 2 hitter in this lineup.

3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B

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3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B

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This was tough. Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is certainly no slouch and is an MVP candidate in his own right with a .277 BA, 12 HRs and 36 RBIs. But Paul Goldschmidt is a complete player, hits for average (.305), power (9 HRs) and is a gold-glove first baseman. And don't forget speed kills. He's averaged 16 stolen bases his last two seasons.

4. Troy Tulowitzki - SS

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4. Troy Tulowitzki - SS

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Say what you want to about his home/road splits; Tulo can rake. He's a very early leader for the Triple Crown and won this spot by a pretty large margin over struggling Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez.

5. Michael Morse - LF

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5. Michael Morse - LF

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Maybe biggest surprise of the NL and one of the reasons for the San Francisco Giants' hot start, the 6-foot-5 behemoth Michael Morse is an RBI machine.

6. Buster Posey - C

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6. Buster Posey - C

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It's been a somewhat pedestrian start to the year for Buster Posey, hitting almost 40 points below his career average. But the former NL MVP is the still the class of this position.

7. Angel Pagan - CF

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7. Angel Pagan - CF

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Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon was off to a blazing start, but he has come back to earth since. Pagan is consistent, a plus defender and has solid speed. Until Matt Kemp revives his career, this spot is Pagan's to lose.

8. Nolan Arenado - 3B

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8. Nolan Arenado - 3B

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Yes, I know Nolan Arenado's out for a month with a broken finger (stop sliding head first!), but the Gold-Glove third baseman was hitting above .300 when he went down. And while Pablo Sandoval is starting to come on lately with the bat, I still have to give the nod to Arenado.

9. Zack Greinke - SP

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9. Zack Greinke - SP

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He's been Mr. Consistent since coming over to the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. He's been even more dominant in 2014, going 7-1 with a 2.01 ERA. Clayton Kershaw's injury and one disastrous start handed this spot over to teammate Zack Greinke.

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