Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Two Reds need late push to ensure starting spot in All-Star game


Two Reds players continue to lead the voting at their respective positions, however, both need one final push to ensure that they start for the National League squad in the All-Star Game.

Joey Votto is trying to earn his second straight start in the annual affair by way of fan vote. Meanwhile, teammate Brandon Phillips is vying to make his first ever star in the Midsummer Classic.

Here is a look at the voting totals released by MLB on Tuesday.

FIRST BASE
Joey Votto, Reds: 3,622,608
Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks: 3,035,114
Allen Craig, Cardinals: 2,525,399
Brandon Belt, Giants: 1,804,152
Freddie Freeman, Braves: 1,494,604

SECOND BASE
Brandon Phillips, Reds: 3,411,839
Matt Carpenter, Cardinals: 3,186,423
Marco Scutaro, Giants: 3,142,783
Daniel Murphy, Mets: 1,598,297
Chase Utley, Phillies: 1,355,750

As you can see, the tightest race at any position is at second base, where Phillips is narrowly fending off the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter and the Giants' Marco Scutaro. He will need a barrage of votes from Reds fans and elsewhere to ensure a victory.

Remember, voting ends Thursday night at 11:59 p.m.

Jay Bruce (14) and Shin-Soo Choo (10) also appear in the top 15 among outfielders. However, it's highly unlikely they will earn their way to New York through fan voting, as they trail tremdendously.

By way of reminder, full All-Star rosters will be announced Saturday evening, and we'll be here to break it all down for you. The game itself goes down on July 16 at Citi Field.

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