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NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:44 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 3:49 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


Major League Baseball has issued a press release with the first All-Star balloting update of the season, and the NL starting lineup would include three Cardinals if the voting ended right now. The leaders by position (including three outfielders, of course): Albert Pujols, Brandon Phillips, Placido Polanco, Troy Tulowitzki, Buster Posey, Ryan Braun, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman. (Full ballot update at MLB.com)

A few things immediately jump out:

- Jose Reyes is the most qualified candidate at shortstop, despite Tulowitzki's hot start. Reyes leads the NL in hits, doubles, triples and stolen bases and is hitting .335 with an .876 OPS. He doesn't even have half the votes Tulo does. Oh, and Jimmy Rollins (.265 with a .698 OPS) is second. At least Reyes is in third, but it's odd to see a player in New York so under-represented in the voting.

- The starter at first base has gotta be Joey Votto over Pujols. It's not even close this season. Votto is second, trailing by about 182,000 votes. Prince Fielder (third) and Ryan Howard (fourth) should also be ahead of Pujols. Remember, it's for the 2011 season.

- Speaking of which, Chase Utley is third in voting at second base.

- Dodgers outfielders Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp have very strong cases in the outfield, and they check in at spots four and five in the voting, respectively. Still, who are you going to bump between Braun, Holliday and Berkman? Maybe we can petition to move Braun to third base in order to maximize the offense?

- The biggest snub appears to be Jay Bruce. The young Reds' slugger was been an absolute man-child in May and leads the NL in home runs, RBI and total bases. He's 12th place in votes for outfielders. Looks like Reds fans need to get over to MLB.com and support their team. Phillips leads at second because there aren't many good candidates, but Votto and Bruce should be starting and aren't yet in that position.

- Obviously, Posey can't start because of his season-ending injury and NL manager Bruce Bochy will name a replacement if Posey wins the voting. So the catcher voting -- at least as long as he's at the top -- is irrelevant.

Voting continues on MLB.com through June 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET. There will be an update on AL voting Wednesday.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:19 am
 

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:14 am
 

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

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Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:08 pm
 

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

You're a clown! Of course they are the class of the AL... they have two less wins playing in the AL EAST you fool look what they've done against the central! they'd be 15 games over .500 playing in that division...lets take Twins and Chisox off their schedule and add the Rays and Red Sox and Toronto and see what their record is? get a clue man


Hey mouthbreather - Your Yankees are 8-9 versus the central.  If you want to use facts rather than your jackass-like braying, they are a
.470 club, extrapolated over 162 games makes them 71-91, or 20 games UNDER.

Cleveland is 11-7 versus the East.  .611 - or 99 wins over the full year.

You've got some big brass balls calling me a fool and a clown when you obviously dropped out of school as soon as your sister turned you down for the prom.  Get your head out of your ass and take a big gulp of reality.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:13 pm
 

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

Bruce is still loose! Another HR followed by a Votto HR. Both deserve to be All Stars THIS year. Voting on your favorite player or who has had the best career is criminal.

I also agree that Molina should be in the All Star game as well.

I dont pay attention to the AL so I dont comment on them, however you cant take anything away from what Clevelands done this season. They have winning records both against BOS and TOR for the guy who was questioning that. TB does appear to have their number but other than that got to give the Tribe credit. I'm not a Cleveland fan either.  New year. New results.




Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 1:23 pm
 

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

You're a clown! Of course they are the class of the AL... they have two less wins playing in the AL EAST you fool look what they've done against the central! they'd be 15 games over .500 playing in that division...lets take Twins and Chisox off their schedule and add the Rays and Red Sox and Toronto and see what their record is? get a clue man




Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:55 pm
 

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

32 20 .615

30 23 .566

NOT the class of the AL.




Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:51 pm
 

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

It's the All-STAR game, not the All-Who's-Having-A-Good-2-Months game.


Well its not a career All-Star game either.  Its a yearly thing, as in this is the 2011 All-star game.  So yes who ever is having the best 2 months or whatever time is before the game is deserving of playing in the game.  If this game is to hold any significance then there is no way the fans should be allowed to vote.  Not for the starters anyway.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:47 pm
 

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

Yeah, because Pujols is playing like an all-star this year. Bunch of stupid baseball fans.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:25 pm
 

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

My sentiments exactly



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:22 pm
 

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

This was and has been the biggest mistake ever made by baseball. There has been so many worthy players that have been snubbed from allstar appearences since the fan voteing inception.
One of the reason's I lost interest in baseball. Among many. Most true fans understand


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