DENVER, CO - JUNE 10: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies hits a home run during the second inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Coors Field on June 10, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Angels defeated the Rockies 10-8. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
To date we have written up our Fake Teams Fantasy All Stars for each of the infield positions, and today, I will cover the NL outfielders. Chris Buckley will take care of the AL outfield later today.
Here's your National League Fantasy All Star Outfielders (stats thru 7/06/2012):
Ryan Braun, MIL
Ryan Braun is having another monster season at the plate, a year after winning the NL MVP award (I think Matt Kemp had the better season though). Braun is hitting .304-.388-.602 with 24 HRs, 53 runs, 60 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 18 attempts. He leads the NL in home runs, is second in RBI, is third in SLG, 6th in OPS, and 9th in runs scored. We are right around the exact mid-point in the 162 game schedule for most teams, so you can pretty much double their stats from here and get an idea as to their projection for the whole season. Braun is on pace for a 46 homer, 116 RBI, 102 runs scored and 25 stolen base season in 2012. In other words, Braun COULD hit 50 home runs, a few months after testing positive for PEDs.
Andrew McCutchen, PIT
Andrew McCutchen is the best player on the surging Pirates team. The Pirates are the surprise team in the NL this season, and McCutchen is one of the reasons for the team's success so far. McCutchen is hitting .360-.413-.610 with 16 HRs, 54 runs, 56 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 18 attempts. He leads the NL in battting average, is second in SLG and OPS, 6th in HR and RBI and 7th in runs scored. He is on pace to hit 31 home runs, score 104 runs, knock in 108 and steal 27bases. If the Pirates stay in contention through the end of the season, he just might be the MVP in the National League this season.
Carlos Gonzalez, COL
Cargo is having another great season at the plate for the disappointing Rockies team this season. He is hitting .339-.398-.593 with 17 HRs, 61 runs, 58 RBI and 11 stolen bases. He leads the NL in runs scored, is fifth in RBI and OPS, 4th in HRs and SLG, and 6th in batting average. He is on pace to hit 33 HRs, 118 runs, 112 RBI and 21 stolen bases. He has some work to do to reach 30 steals, but should surpass the 30 HR level assuming he stays healthy.
I included Kemp, not because I am a big fan of his, but because he was on his way to a monster power season had he stayed healthy. I selected Cargo over Beltran and Melky because of his solid all around production. He has hit for more power, scored more runs and stolen more bases than Cabrera, and scored more runs, stolen more bases and hit for a higher batting average than Beltran.