First guesses: NL All-Star team

Free of injuries, Wright has returned to his All-Star form. Charles LeClaire/US Presswire

After two months of the season, there are already some clear and obvious choices for the 2012 All-Star Game. But there are also some intriguing names as possible first-time All-Stars, too.

The fans will vote the starters in; managers will pick their favorites. So while the best players in baseball are supposed to be representing both leagues, due to the process, some great players often don’t start or even make the team.

So free from any variables like that, here are my first-guess picks for the National League All-Star team. This includes the starting lineup, the bench and the pitching staff. To view my first-guess picks for the American League roster, click here. On Saturday we will follow up with the 10 most intriguing possible All-Stars from both rosters.

Leave a comment and tell me who you think should be on the 2012 All-Star teams.

National League starting lineup

First base: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

With the departures of Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez to the AL the last few years, Votto has separated himself as clearly the best in the NL both offensively and defensively.