BY the time you are reading this it’s likely that the voting ballot for the MLB All-Star Game will be closed. We have a rough idea of the vote leaders for each spot, with some positions still up for grabs and other’s, well, not so much. For the record these are my predictions for who I think will get the starting vote, not necessarily who I think deserves it the most. Without further ado, who will grace the field to commence the Midsummer Classic in Miami come July 11th?

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Catcher

American League – Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
GARY Sanchez (Yankees) probably deserves to get the start ahead of Perez, but after trailing by over 800,000 votes in Monday’s latest tally it will be hard to see the Yankees catcher dethrone Perez for the top rung. Both guys have similar averages, with Perez’s numbers boosted by more at bats and Sanchez owning the better OBP (.376% compared to .326%). Better luck next year Gary.

National League – Buster Posey, Baltimore Orioles
THE consensus choice for an All-Star berth, Buster Posey leads National League catchers in almost every relevant stat category. With twice as many votes as any other NL catcher to date, Posey is a lock.

Designated Hitter

American League – Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners
WITH only one DH spot up for grabs, the race between Nelson Cruz (Mariners) and Corey Dickerson (Rays) is well and truly on. With less than 100,000 votes separating the two you could see a situation in which Dickerson (15/37 at the dish over the past nine games) leapfrogs Cruz. However, in 40 less at-bats, Cruz still has more RBI’s, bases walked (almost double) and just three less HR’s. This spot has Cruz’s name all over it.

First Base

American League – Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays
THIS is one of the toughest positions to peg with plenty of worthy candidates. Justin Smoak (Blue Jays), Eric Hosmer (Royals), Yonder Alonso (Athletics) and Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) are all only separated by 400,000 votes, with the first two split by around 70,000, which isn’t a massive number given the amount of votes polled. This one’s tough to choose, but my monies with the Blue Jays hard hitter.

National League – Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Cardinals
AFTER Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals) started the year on fire, it seemed like a formality that he would be crowned the NL starting 1st baseman. Then alone came Paul. The numbers from the Diamondbacks star in June have been nothing short of ridiculous. Goldschmidt leads the majors in batting average, on-base percentage, hits (32) and RBI’s (26) while leading a surprising contender up the standings.

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Second Base

American League – Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
IF there was one spot that we can all but assure is set in stone, it’s this one. An MVP candidate after the first half of the season Altuve ranks at the top, or close enough to, for every major batting stat and has a 1.2 million vote lead over 2nd place Starlin Castro.

National League – Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals
THE same story at 2nd base as the American League, Daniel Murphy is the overwhelming favourite to snare this spot. Batting at close to .340, with 55 RBI’s Murph is one of four players we know has over 3 million votes to his name and I don’t think Javier Baez will double his total in half a week.

Third Base

American League – Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
ANOTHER intruiging race with just a few hundred thousand votes splitting the top three at 3rd base in the AL. Your current leader Miguel Sano (Twins) is the current leader with Jose Ramirez (Indians) close behind. If I had a vote I would choose Ramirez and I’m backing the fans in to make the right call too.

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National League – Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
NOLAN Arenado (Rockies) is one of my favourite players in the league right now, making it EXTREMELY tough to not give him the start. I just have a hunch that the fans will vote for the reigning MVP over the in-form Colorado 3rd basemen. This one could literally come down to a coin flip, with under 60,000 votes currently separating the pair.

Shortstop

American League – Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
I was somewhat surprised that Francisco Lindor is still in striking distance of Carlos Correa, despite the Astros star’s production. Correa ranked pretty high up in my last MVP watch and I expect him to hold onto this position with ease.

National League – Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds
SHORTSTOP in the NL continues to be an entertaining race, with both Zack Cozart (Reds) and Corey Seager (Dodgers) changing places between 1st and 2nd every other week. When the latest votes were released Cozart held a deserved 250,000+ lead, but I think with the Dodgers (and of course Seager’s) play of late, many voters could be swung to the other side of the fence. I think that Cozart has built enough of a lead to hold on though.

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Outfielder

 

American League – Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
George Springer, Houston Astros
Mookie Betts, Cleveland Indians
A timely injury to Mike Trout (Angels) should see Judge (Yankees), Springer (Astros) and Betts (Indians) all secure a starting spot in the outfield come All-Star break. Aaron Judge leads the AL in almost every batting category and has the highest vote total of any AL listed player. Michael Brantley (Indians) and Avisail Garcia (White Sox) currently sit higher than Betts, but I expect him to regain the leftover ground before the ballots close.

National League – Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
SPOILER alert Bryce harper is making the All-Star game. One of the favourites for the NL MVP leads all players in votes and is re-discovering his lethal form that he started the season with. Rounding out the outfield are Charlie Blackmon (Rockies) and Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins). Blackmon’s spot seems like another formality, but the 3rd starting place is well and truly up for grabs. Cubs duo Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist along with Stanton’s teammate Marcell Ozuna all still remain in a tight battle for the final outfield place. I still believe the fans will give Stanton the votes he needs.

 

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