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5 St. Louis Cardinals Who Belong on the 2014 NL All-Star Team

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5 St. Louis Cardinals Who Belong on the 2014 NL All-Star Team

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The St. Louis Cardinals are the defending NL champs. However, in 2014 things have been somewhat of a grind for the Red Birds. Across the board, their offensive production is down, and they rank 29th in the league in home runs hit. Yet, the Cardinals are still a dangerous team as the season goes on. Here are five Red Birds worthy of a trip to the 2014 All-Star Game.

5. Matt Carpenter

Matt Carpenter
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5. Matt Carpenter

Matt Carpenter
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Matt Carpenter was an All-Star for the first time last year. This year, his numbers are slightly down, but he still leads the Cardinals in runs, hits, and OBP. Carpenter is the table-setter for St. Louis and would also be a good piece for the NL squad to get on base in front of some heavy hitters.

4. Matt Holliday

Matt Holliday
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4. Matt Holliday

Matt Holliday
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Veteran Matt Holliday continues to do things in the middle of the St. Louis order. He almost flies under the radar in the landscape of NL outfielders. His home run total is down in 2014, but he still is posting a solid batting average and RBI total. Holliday would be Mr. Reliable for the NL roster.

3. Trevor Rosenthal

Trevor Rosenthal
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3. Trevor Rosenthal

Trevor Rosenthal
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Trevor Rosenthal is a flame thrower at the end of games for St. Louis. He has already posted 20 saves and a ton of strikeouts in the first half of the year. Rosenthal is one of the best young closers in the game and deserves a spot on the 2014 All-Star roster to cement that.

2. Yadier Molina

Yadier Molina
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2. Yadier Molina

Yadier Molina
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Yadier Molina has been banged up slightly this year, but is still managing to put up quality numbers in the process. He is the Cardinals' team leader with a high batting average for his position. Molina is always capable of that clutch hit to win a ball game and can work with any pitcher in the league behind the plate.

1. Adam Wainwright

Adam Wainwright
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1. Adam Wainwright

Adam Wainwright
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Adam Wainwright has had a terrific year thus far. He is at the top of the NL pitchers' triple crown for wins, strikeouts, and ERA. After a minor scare, Wainwright appears to be ready to get back on the mound and start dealing once again. He is also a lead candidate to earn the starting nod in the game for the NL team.

 

Nick Schaeflein is a Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.