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2014 MLB All-Star Game: How The National League Starting Lineup Should Look

How The National League All-Star Starting Lineup Should Look

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Based on how voting is going and where each All-Star fits into a baseball lineup, there is a particular way the National League lineup should look. Luckily for the NL, the lineup shouldn't look as awkward as a normal All-Star lineup. That's because they have players who fit well in almost every slot. Here's how that lineup should look.

1. OF Carlos Gomez - Milwaukee Brewers

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1. OF Carlos Gomez - Milwaukee Brewers

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Gomez provides some speed and pop at the top of the lineup, which is always a plus. He's a spark plug for whatever team he's playing for, and that could surely be the case in the Midsummer Classic. He will set the table for the rest of the very talented lineup.

2. OF Andrew McCutchen - Pittsburgh Pirates

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2. OF Andrew McCutchen - Pittsburgh Pirates

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In most lineups McCutchen is featured in, he bats either third or fourth. But based on how the National League All-Star lineup is constructed, he slides well into the No. 2 hole. He has plenty of speed and some power, which seems to play well into the second spot in the National League order.

3. SS Troy Tulowitzki - Colorado Rockies

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3. SS Troy Tulowitzki - Colorado Rockies

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Tulowitzki has been the best hitter in the league this season, and there's no reason he shouldn't be batting third in the All-Star game. As the best overall hitter, the three spot suits Tulo well, just as it does in Colorado.

4. 1B Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks

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4. 1B Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks

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Goldschmidt has the most power upside of any player in this lineup, so he makes sense in the cleanup spot. He's really emerged as one of the game's top hitters in the past couple of seasons, and he could put every baseball fan on notice in the All-Star Game.

5. OF Yasiel Puig - Los Angeles Dodgers

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5. OF Yasiel Puig - Los Angeles Dodgers

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The ever-entertaining Puig has some insane power, and the No. 5 hitter in the order plays well to that. Since there are so many other great hitters in the lineup, he seems to fit better in the five hole than either the three or four slots, which is where he would normally be in a normal lineup.

6. 3B David Wright - New York Mets

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6. 3B David Wright - New York Mets

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The veteran third baseman has made his fair share of All-Star games and he's headed there once again. He's a player who would normally be batting third in his lineup, but with all the talent on this roster, he will be slid down to the six hole.

7. 2B Chase Utley - Philadelphia Phillies

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7. 2B Chase Utley - Philadelphia Phillies

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Utley has been here plenty of times before as well and his batting profile fits well into the No. 7 hole. He's normally a two hitter, but the seven hole actually traditionally requires the same skill set as the two hole, so the Phillies' second baseman seems fit to hit there in the order.

8. C Yadier Molina - St. Louis Cardinals

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8. C Yadier Molina - St. Louis Cardinals

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Molina, along with the Giants' Buster Posey, is clearly the top catcher in the National League. He isn't the best hitter in this lineup by any measure, and based on the talent up and down the lineup, Molina figures to be hitting eighth when teams take the field in July.