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Vote for the FanSided All Division World Series

By Unknown author

The east is beast.

After the initial rounds of voting, the FanSided All-Division World Series has come down to AL East vs. NL East.  This might be the closest any Met gets to a World Series this year, so let’s take a quick look at how each side stacks up.  Here are the rosters for each division:

AL East:

SP CC Sabathia
SP David Price
SP Jon Lester
SP Clay Buchholz
SP Ricky Romero
RP Rafael Soriano
CL Mariano Rivera
Matt Wieters
1B Adrian Gonzalez
2B Robinson Cano
3B Evan Longoria
SS Derek Jeter
OF Carl Crawford
OF Brett Gardner
OF Jose Bautista
DH Manny Ramirez

NL East:

SP Roy Halladay
SP Cliff Lee
SP Roy Oswalt
SP Josh Johnson
SP Tommy Hanson
RP Ryan Madson
CP  Francisco Rodriguez
Brian McCann
1B Ryan Howard
2B Chase Utley
SS Hanley Ramirez
3B Ryan Zimmerman
OF Mike Stanton
OF Jason Heyward
OF Jayson Werth

Looking at the starting rotation, I’d go with the NL since Halladay, Lee, Oswalt and Johnson are all proven arms that can dominate and have a little more experience.  The AL’s rotation is a little younger and up and coming (Romero and Price specifically)-not that I am questioning anyone’s ability since they are all fantastic pitchers, but dominant veteran starters are hard to find.  I give the bullpen edge though to the AL-there is no better one-two punch in baseball than Rivera and Soriano (sorry K-Rod).

The infield shakes out pretty evenly.  Gonzalez is a more complete player than Howard, and at this point his career, Ramirez is far better than Jeter.  The battle at second base features the top two players at that position in the game, but I give the slight edge to Utley, who has a higher career OPS by almost sixty points and is better on defense (or maybe I’m just thinking of all the times Utley has burned the Mets).  Third base was a similarly difficult decision, but I’m going with Longoria-he is only 25 but is already the best third baseman in baseball.  At catcher, the edge clearly goes to Brian McCann (Wieters must’ve made this list since there are so few full time catchers in the American League because of the DH rule).  I also suppose the AL wins the DH battle since the NL doesn’t have one.

Moving on to the outfield (which for neither team contains a center fielder), each side possesses different strengths.  Speed goes to the AL, but overall I’d go with the NL since those outfielders possess more offensive talent and surprisingly good defensive numbers (Stanton and Heyward in particular excelled this year, although Stanton’s sample size was pretty small).  The overall competition is very close, but overall, I’d have to go with the NL East.

To cast your vote for the FanSided All Division World Series, click here.  Polls are open until 12:00 am on March 19th.

Hopefully for Met Fans, K-Rod will be able to bring an MLB World Series ring to Queens as well.