THIRD BASE

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

Starter: Todd Fra­zier, Reds

Back­ups: Nolan Arenado, Rock­ies; Maikel Franco, Phillies

Flip a coin. Fra­zier has 25 homers, 54 RBI, a .600 slug­ging per­cent­age and a .941 OPS. Arenado has 24 homers, leads the ma­jors with 68 RBI and has com­piled a .603 slug­ging per­cent­age and a .918 OPS. The home­town guy gets the nod. There’s an in­cli­na­tion to in­clude Cubs rookie Kris Bryant, but we need a Phillie, and in just 46 games, Franco has 10 homers, 34 RBI and a .299/.342/ .543 slash line that’s good for an .885 OPS.

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