As the captain of the All National League Central Division team, I am proud to report that for the most part our roster is set. However, we are still undecided on the Second Base position. Sorry Cubs fans, neither Jeff Baker or Blake DeWitt will be on the team. The two candidates that we are debating between are the Reds’ Brandon Phillips, and Rickie Weeks of the Milwaukee Brewers. Given the fact that we could not come up with an unanimous decision between the two, the decision now rests in the hands of our readers.
Rickie Weeks is coming of a stellar 2010 season. One in which he hit .269/.366/.464 with a career high 29 home runs and 83 RBI’s. However, prior to 2010, Weeks had only gone past the 15 home run mark once. Which goes into another reason to be concerned about Weeks, as many consider him to be injury prone.In 2007, 2008, and 2009 Weeks missed some amount of time during those respective seasons due to injury. But last year, Weeks led all of the Majors in plate appearances with with 754. Which would signal that when he is healthy, he is capable of putting the numbers that he did last season.
Other then Weeks, Brandon Phillips is the only other elite Second Baseman that is in the National League Central. In the past five seasons, Phillips is the only Second Basemen to have 10+ home runs and steals in each. In fact, Phillips is averaging 21 home runs and 24 home runs during that stretch. Last season, Phillips hit .275/.332/.430 with 18 home runs and 16 stolen bases. Also, Phillips’ fielding percentage of .996 is better than Weeks’ .980. You can also make the argument that Phillips is the better overall hitter, as he does have a higher average and less strikeouts than Weeks. In fact, I don’t think many people know that Weeks did strikeout over 182 times last season. Almost 100 times more than Phillips did.
So, now is where you-the reader- let your voice be heard. As, you now have the opportunity to vote between Phillips or Weeks to be the Second Baseman for our All Division team. Voting will be open for the next 24 hours.