Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Votto takes over top spot in latest voting update, Phillips needs help

Go ahead and pencil Joey Votto in as a starter for the National League in the upcoming All-Star Game. The last update on balloting results was released on Tuesday, and Votto not only held a huge lead among NL first basemen, but he overtook LA's Matt Kemp as the league's leading vote-getter as well. The Canadian slugger has garnered nearly 4.5 million votes thus far, trailing only former Red and current Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton (7.3MM) for the most among all MLB players.

The only other Red in position to possibly earn a starting nod in the Midsummer Classic is Brandon Phillips. He trails Atlanta's Dan Uggla by about 700,000 votes and will we need a huge push by fans if he's to leapfrog Uggla for the top spot before Thursday's deadline.

Jay Bruce ranked 14th among NL outfielders with close to 1.2 million tallies to his name.

Here's a look at how Votto, Phillips and Bruce compared to their counterparts:

1, Joey Votto, Reds, 4,475,180.
2, Lance Berkman, Cardinals, 1,516,737.
3, Freddie Freeman, Braves, 1,462,586.
4, Brandon Belt, Giants, 1,291,982.
5, Ryan Howard, Phillies, 873,526.

1, Dan Uggla, Braves, 2,641,361.
2, Brandon Phillips, Reds, 1,870,966.
3, Jose Altuve, Astros, 1,479,652.
4, Rickie Weeks, Brewers, 1,202,051.
5, Omar Infante, Marlins, 1,093,119.

1, Matt Kemp, Dodgers, 4,118,524.
2, Carlos Beltran, Cardinals, 3,717,483.
3, Ryan Braun, Brewers, 3,168,617.
4, Melky Cabrera, Giants, 3,045,884.
5, Andre Ethier, Dodgers, 1,948,973.
6, Matt Holliday, Cardinals, 1,880,342.
7, Andrew McCutchen, Pirates, 1,685,543.
8, Angel Pagan, Giants, 1,613,948.
9, Hunter Pence, Phillies, 1,610,283.
10, Michael Bourn, Braves, 1,553,285.
11, Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies, 1,506,613.
12, Shane Victorino, Phillies, 1,365,023.
13, Jason Heyward, Braves, 1,322,217.
14, Jay Bruce, Reds, 1,195,031.
15, Martin Prado, Braves, 1,142,946.

Fans aren't allowed to pick the pitchers for this exhibition game, but one has to figure Johnny Cueto's name would be right in the mix if they could. Cueto is poised to earn his first career All-Star selection this season and could end up serving as the starting pitcher for the NL squad too. He's currently 9-3 with a 2.21 ERA and 1.11 WHIP.

Aroldis Chapman and Sean Marshall may garner consideration for All-Star nods as well.

Voting ends at approximately 11:59 PM ET on Thursday, June 28th. The rosters for both the AL and NL are set to be announced on TBS during the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show on Sunday, July 1st.  

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