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100 Games In - The Best Players in Major League Baseball, 2011 ed.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

We're 100 games into the baseball season, meaning the Giants have played a hundred games.

Here are the best players at each position so far, plus revised playoff picks.

C Brian McCann (NL) Alex Avila (AL)
1B Adrian Gonzalez (AL) Todd Helton (NL)
2B Dustin Pedroia (AL) Rickie Weeks (NL)
SS Troy Tulowitzki (NL) Asdrubal Cabrera (AL)
3B Adrian Beltre (AL) Chase Headley (NL)
LF Ryan Braun (NL) Brett Gardner (AL)
CF Jacoby Ellsbury (AL) Matt Kemp (NL)
RF Jose Bautista (AL) Justin Upton (NL)
P Jered Weaver (AL) Cole Hamels (NL)

MVP - Bautista (AL), Braun (NL)

Here's where you'd find the World Champion Giants.

C Posey - 12th overall (still more valuable than Stewart or Whiteside)
1B Belt - 27th overall (more valuable than Huff)
2B Keppinger - 26th overall (more valuable than Sanchez or Burriss)
SS Fontenot - 28th (more valuable than Tejada or Crawford)
3B Sandoval - 6th
LF  Ross - 16th
CF Torres - 15th
RF Schierholtz - 23rd
P - Lincecum - 19th, Vogelsong - 21st, Cain - 25th (neither Bumgarner, Zito, Sanchez would be in the top 50)

Playoff Picks:

AL East - Boston
Central - Detroit
West - Texas
WC - NYY

NL East - Philadelphia
Central - Milwaukee
West - San Francisco
WC - Atlanta

If you're investing, wait until the Giants muddle through the next couple of weeks against good teams so the price on their winning the west drops a little bit and then go in heavy.

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