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July 06, 2017

Season Stats: .316/.426/.625 (170 OPS+) 24 HR, 61 RBI, 4.0 WAR

With apologies to the resurgent Ryan Zimmerman, whom the fans elected to start, the Senior Circuit is too jam-packed at this position to go with a player whose last three months were preceded by a miserable slog through the 2016 season. To these eyes, it's a four-horse race between Votto, Freddie Freeman, Paul Goldschmidt and Anthony Rizzo (last year's choice here as well as the actual NL starter). Goldschmidt (4.2 bWAR) has a slight edge over Votto in that department, but the latter leads the league in OPS+ and shares the lead in homers with rookie Cody Bellinger. What's more, Votto hit a blistering .352/.451/.631 over the past calendar year, and while Freeman's .322/.437/.663 over that span is in the same ballpark, Fab Freddie's recent seven-week absence due to a fractured left wrist looms large enough to provide separation. 

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