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In the honor of the newly elected Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cubbies Crib wants you to vote. About Politics, you ask? No, this is not the place to debate what politician is less corrupt. Instead, we want you to vote on what National League division is the best. So head over to Call to the Pen and vote for the National League central, er, the division you think is the best in the National League. Before you do so, take a look at the breakdown of the National League Competition.

National League East:

C. Brain McCann

1B. Ryan Howard

2B. Chase Utley

3B. Ryan Zimmerman

SS. Hanley Ramirez

OF. Mike Stanton

OF. Jason Heyward

OF. Jayson Werth

SP: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Josh Johnson, Tommy Hanson

RP. Ryan Madison

CP. Francisco Rodriguez

From top to bottom, you could argue that the National League East division team is capable of being the National League all star team. The one weak spot for the National League east would be their closing situation. Not because of on the field production, but because of what has transpired off the field. Rodriguez is facing legal trouble stemming from an altercation with his father-in-law. But that is a minor issue, considering that Rodriguez still has produced on the field. I knew the National League East was good, but I am truly amazed at the depth of talent that is in the National League East.

National League West

C. Buster Posey

1B. Aubrey Huff

2B. Kelley Johnson

3B. Pablo Sandoval

SS. Troy Tulowitzki

OF. Carlos Gonzalez

OF. Chris Young

OF. Andre Ethier

SP: Tim Lincecum, Ubaldo Jimenez, Clayton Kershaw, Matt Latos, Matt Cain

RP. Mike Adams

CP. Brian Wilson

I’m not going to lie, with the exception of Posey, Tulowitzki, and Gonzalez the National League West may be one of the most offensively inept divisions in baseball. I don’t think Kelly Johnson will mirror the power output that he did last season, and no one else in the lineup would be considered an offensive threat.

However, the National League West does have great pitching. With Tim Lincecum, and the emerging stars in Ubaldo Jimenez and Matt Cain, the National League West may challenge the Nation League East for best pitching staff in the majors. Although, I am not completely confident that Cain or Jimenez can repeat their 2010 success, which is why I still have the NL East ahead of the NL West.

National League Central

C. Geovany Soto

1B. Albert Pujols

2B. Brandon Phillips

3B. Casey McGehee

SS. Starlin Castro

OF. Ryan Braun

OF. Andrew McCutchen

OF. Matt Holliday

SP: Zack Greinke, Adam Wainwright*, Chris Carpenter, Ryan Dempster, Jaime Garcia

RP. Evan Meek

CP. Carlos Marmol

Considering our #2 starting pitcher in Adam Wainwright is likely out for the season, the National League Central is already at a disadvantage. The biggest flaw with the National League Central, in my opinion, was the third base position. Do I think Casey McGehee is the best third baseman in the division? No. But considering the age of Scott Rolen, and the recent injury plagued seasons of Aramis Ramirez we were sort of left with no other choice. Offensively, the National League Central may be the second best in the National League. However, the Central falls behind both the West and East as far as pitching staff goes.

There is only one thing left do, and that is to vote, so go ahead and pick the best National League division.

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