My short tenure through the National League taught me a few things: 1) I can still bunt and 2) I've never done so many pick-off moves to EVERY BASE in spring training EVER! I credit Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson with putting a ton of stock in shutting down the running game, but making the pitcher priority #1 in the chain of command to do so. There's no question the game is played differently from the American League to the National League. A big concentration centers on the running game as well as late-inning execution from pinch-hitters. What does all this mean for fantasy GMs? Extra-base hits, stolen bases, and on-base percentage become even more magnified when considering your NL position players. Strikeouts, WHIP, and high-velocity closers make up an impressive NL stable of arms too. Ultimately, four National League players stand out for me that will be difference-makers for their respective teams.
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