By Jacob Kornhauser on July 1, 2014
Based on how All-Star voting is shaping up and how each projected starter's talents fit into the lineup, a clear starting lineup for the National League roster is taking shape. Plenty of teams will be represented in the mid-summer classic, and this is how the lineup will likely look.
.310 batting average
13 Home Runs
Carlos Gomez fits perfectly at the top of the order because of his combination of power and speed. He is a true dual-threat and fits well at the top of the lineup because of it.
.314 batting average
12 Home Runs
Andrew McCutchen, last season's NL MVP, is on pace for another solid season. Like Gomez, he would fit well in the No. 2 slot because of his rare combination of power and speed.
.353 batting average
18 Home Runs
Troy Tulowitzki has been the best hitter in the big leagues this season, seemingly hitting everything in sight. The best overall hitter in the lineup belongs in the three spot, and that's where Tulo should be hitting on July 15.
.296 batting average
15 Home Runs
Paul Goldschmidt drives runs in with the best of them and that's why he's best suited to bat clean up. With some luck, he will have some very talented guys on base for him when he bats in the All-Star game.
.311 batting average
11 Home Runs
Yasiel Puig is an electrifying talent and his power upside fits him nicely into the No. 5 spot in the order. He will have plenty of chances to drive in runs with such a talented group of players hitting in front of him.
.277 batting average
6 Home Runs
David Wright hasn't had the power he's used to, but he still drives in runs with the best of them. He's still trailing Aramis Ramirez in voting, but could make a late push to claim the starting job.
.292 batting average
11 Home Runs
Since theAll-Star game is in an American League ballpark this season, the teams will use a DH. As the best hitter who may not make it in with fan voting, this incredible veteran deserves the nod.
.293 batting average
6 Home Runs
Chase Utley is having a resurgent year in Philadelphia this season, perhaps it's because he's now being coached by Ryne Sandberg, who was a Hall of Famer at the same position. Whatever the case may be, Utley will be in the National League's starting lineup.
.280 batting average
7 Home Runs
Yadier Molina, along with Buster Posey, is the best catcher in the National League. As such, he will be in the starting lineup and he will be slotted behind eight very talented players.
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