Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Three Brewers Could Start All-Star Game

Ryan Braun is going to be there, Prince Fielder is going to be there, and for the first time ever, Rickie Weeks may be there as well. Not only are these three Brewers expected to be heading to Arizona for the annual Midsummer Classic, but they could all be part of the starting lineup. The races are tight, but with the recent homestand in Milwaukee it appears that the fans have done their part to help get as many Brewers to the All-Star game as possible.

We'll start with Braun, who is seemingly going to be starting in the All-Star game every year for as long as he is healthy. He leads all outfielders by 700,000 votes, and barring a change in how votes are counted he will be starting. Actually, Brewers fans have always been very good at getting all three outfielders on the ballot into the top fifteen at that position, and this year is no exception. The difference, once again, is that nationwide the fans are willing to put their votes behind Braun as well, and the thought of Carlos Gomez as an All-Star remains but a dream. The outfield:

Ryan Braun, Brewers: 3,932,100
Lance Berkman, Cardinals: 3,208,183
Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 2,935,965
Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 2,743,927
Andre Ethier, Dodgers: 2,264,640

Corey Hart, Brewers: 1,217,629 (12th)

Carlos Gomez, Brewers: 1,016,685 (14th)

As has been the case for the past several years, Albert Pujols is far and away the leading vote-getter at first base, although his injury has opened up a starting spot for whoever can finish second. By the looks of things right now, that honor would appear to fall to Prince Fielder, although it's close.

Albert Pujols, Cardinals: 3,358,432
Prince Fielder, Brewers: 2,903,584
Joey Votto, Reds: 2,832,857
Ryan Howard, Phillies: 1,881,711
Freddie Freeman, Braves: 702,911

The other starter could come from second base, where a hot June from Rickie Weeks coupled with the first place stature of the Milwaukee Brewers has put another Brewers at the top of the charts. The battle between Brewers and Reds for starting positions extends from first base to second, where Rickie is barely holding off Brandon Phillips. Both are on the road the next couple of days, but a weekend series at home for the Reds could give them the victories at the 11th hour.

Rickie Weeks, Brewers: 2,869,583
Brandon Phillips, Reds: 2,791,186
Chase Utley, Phillies: 2,406,965
Dan Uggla, Braves: 1,223,812
Freddy Sanchez, Giants: 1,184,145

So it's obvious that the Brewers will have at least one starter in the All-Star game, but three is a very real possibility as well. Even if Weeks and Fielder don't make the starting nine, you can bet that both of them will be invited to the "exhibition." Shaun Marcum would be deserving of a nod as well, possibly John Axford and possibly Yovani Gallardo, but we'll have to wait and see on those. Until then, keep on voting, which you've done a good job of doing so far, as evidenced by the fact that Jonathan Lucroy and even Yuni B are both in the top five at their respective positions.

Brian McCann, Braves: 3,062,884
Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 2,271,887
Buster Posey, Giants: 1,849,984
Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers: 1,451,280
Carlos Ruiz, Phillies: 1,392,944

Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: 2,955,609
Jose Reyes, Mets: 2,710,777
Jimmy Rollins, Phillies: 1,724,166
Alex Gonzalez, Braves: 1,142,470
Yuniesky Betancourt, Brewers: 1,131,078

Sadly, Casey McGehee's vote totals are nowhere to be seen.

Roster Moves: It was announced on Monday that Mat Gamel and Zach Braddock have been brought back up to the 25. Braddock is likely here to stay. Gamel, unless something crazy happens, figures to be here just for the six game AL road trip. Sergio Mitre has been designated for assignment, while Mark DeFelice is headed back to Nashburg.


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