The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

Starters: Bryce Harper, Na­tion­als; Joc Ped­er­son, Dodgers; An­drew McCutchen, Pi­rates

Back­ups: Ryan Braun, Brew­ers; Billy Hamil­ton, Reds; Justin Up­ton, Padres

Harper is a no-brainer given his best-in-base­ball 1.167 OPS to go with a .337 av­er­age, 24 homers and 58 RBI. But add on one stat: He leads the ma­jors with a .702 slug­ging per­cent­age. Next best? Gold­schmidt’s .632. Ped­er­son, the rookie, is the odd choice, but his 20 homers, 55 walks and 96 strike­outs make him fas­ci­nat­ing. On May 6, McCutchen was hit­ting an un­think­able .188. He now is bat­ting .296 with 49 RBI.

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