The first batch of All-Star Game voting for the National League was unveiled Wednesday afternoon and it appears Reds players have some major ground to make up already.
After earning two spots in the starting lineup for last year's Midsummer Classic (Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips), only two Reds currently rank among the top five at their respective position this time around. Phillips is currently third in the voting for second basemen with a tally of 187,067. Meanwhile, Devin Mesoraco ranks fifth among league catchers with 154,489 votes.
It goes without saying, but it is very odd not to see Votto and Jay Bruce included in the update. Both players have battled injuries this season which have obviously limited their playing time (and production). But it's still surreal not to see their names at least in the mix.
As a side note, the voting update doesn't include pitchers, which fans do not have the ability of picking (unlike the rest of the starting eight). However, we can assume that Johnny Cueto would have garnered enough votes by now to put himself high in the leaderboard.
You can fill out an All-Star Game ballot right here.