Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Heyward Catching Braun in All-Star Race

Ryan Braun has been leading National League outfielders in fan voting since the totals were released a few weeks ago, but if he's going to keep that accolade he needs to fend off the rookie from that Atlanta that is chasing him. Jason Heyward shot up from fifth among outfielders last week to second this week, and is less than 10,000 votes behind Braun. Braun has been struggling a bit this month, but so has Heyward, which makes this surge a little surprising. But the Brewers do have a homestand this week, so hopefully fans will spend a few innings punching ballots to widen Braun's gap.

Braun isn't the only guy they should be focusing on though, as in the last week many Brewers have fallen out of the top five. Granted, the Brewers aren't playing very well right now, but fan voting doesn't take records into consideration. If you can get the votes, you're in, and Milwaukee fans can make that happen if they vote. Honestly though, it doesn't look like we have any chance for anyone else to start the Mid-Summer Classic, although Casey McGehee is still a dark horse at third. Here's a look at where the National League votes stack up:

Catcher - Yadier Molina of the Cardinals leads the voting, with no Brewers catchers in the top five. Gregg Zaun is on the ballot, but has been injured since mid-May.

First Base - Prince Fielder is in third place, but Albert Pujols is uncatchable at this point, as he is more than 1.1 million votes ahead of Prince, and about 800,000 votes ahead of second-place Ryan Howard.

Second Base - Chase Utley leads all NL players with more than 1.5 million votes, which is at least 1.2 million votes ahead of Rickie Weeks, who is in fourth place.

Shortstop - Hanley Ramirez has passed Jimmy Rollins as the leader, while Alcides Escobar has dropped out of the top five.

Third Base - Casey McGehee has 455,994 votes, which is still within striking distance of the leader Placido Polanco, who has about 726,000 votes.

Outfield - As mentioned, Braun leads with Heyward in second. Andre Either would have the third place spot with Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino right behind him. Just for shits, we'll tell you that Jim Edmonds is in 15th place. Carlos Gomez is no longer anywhere to be found, which makes sense considering the fact that he popped out to the pitcher in the bottom of the ninth inning last night. Terrible.

So what looked promising a few weeks ago to maybe get a couple of Brewers in there has now turned into a panic to make sure Braun still starts in this game. Again, if you're going to Miller Park this week you have no reason not to vote, and you can do so anytime online as well. For those of you that love the American League, here's some vote totals from over there.

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