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Creating Best Lineup from NL Central

The Best Lineup from the NL Central

Carlos Gomez Brewers
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This division boasts three potential playoff teams (the Reds will make a run when they get healthy), yet you may be surprised which teams have the most players represented. Let's take a look at the best of the NL Central.

1. Andrew McCutchen - CF

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1. Andrew McCutchen - CF

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The reigning MVP hasn't quite found his power stroke yet this year with only four home runs, but he's still hitting .309 with a ridiculous .430 OBP.

2. Carlos Gomez - RF

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2. Carlos Gomez - RF

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The Milwaukee Brewers' polarizing CF is hitting .317 with 11 HRs and 29 RBIs. He's slugging close to .600 and already has almost half as many extra base hits as he did all last year.

3. Ryan Braun - LF

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3. Ryan Braun - LF

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He's missed some time with injuries but still sports a .307/.340/.550 line with 7 HRs and 21 RBIs. Braun fits right in behind his teammate in the No. 3 spot.

4. Yadier Molina - C

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4. Yadier Molina - C

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Yadier Molina has been the class of the backstops in the NL Central for a long time, although Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy made this a closer decision than at first glance. But Molina's .321 BA and cannon arm sealed the deal.

5. Todd Frazier - 3B

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5. Todd Frazier - 3B

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Frazier isn't exactly setting the world on fire, but with 9 HRs and a modest .264/.338/.478 line, he's far and away the most productive player at this position in the NL Central.

6. Anthony Rizzo - 1B

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6. Anthony Rizzo - 1B

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Yes, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is hitting .326, but he has a 39:5 SO:BB ratio with only three home runs and 17 RBIs in 50 games. Anthony Rizzo, on the other hand, has a 37:37 SO:BB ratio, an OBP of close to .400 and eight home runs with 24 RBIs on a much weaker team.

7. Neil Walker - 2B

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7. Neil Walker - 2B

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Neil Walker is leading all NL second baseman with 10 HRs and 27 RBIs. He has been one of the few bright spots in a disappointing Pirates season.

8. Starlin Castro - SS

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8. Starlin Castro - SS

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Castro is showing a lot more pop at this plate this year. He's only three shy of his 2013 home run total (10) and we're only 50 games into the season. He's durable, missing only five games since the beginning of 2011, and we could see him post 23-25 HRs and 75-80 RBIs this year while hitting a nice .275. He's clearly the best hitting SS to this point in the NL Central in 2014.

9. Adam Wainwright - SP

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9. Adam Wainwright - SP

9 Adam Wainwright
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Wainwright is as dominant as he's been in his career. He leads the NL in wins (8) and ERA (1.67) while ranking second in WHIP and third in strikeouts.