There are only a couple of updates left in All-Star voting before the roster is finally revealed. Last week’s update for the American League showed the same starting 9 as the week previous, with the only difference being in how many votes certain outfielders got.
Though most of the starting lineup looks set, the race is far from over, particularly in the outfield. Five outfielders have already received over 1 million votes each. That’s 5 players aiming for 3 slots, not to mention a couple of other outfielders that just need one big week to pull within striking distance. Can Mark Trumbo get back into the starting lineup? Will Mookie Betts or Jose Bautista force their way into the starting outfield?
The full list of voting can be found here. Your leaders in voting are:
First Baseman:Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals
Second Baseman: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
Third Baseman: Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
Catcher: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
Designated Hitter: David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
Outfielders: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels; Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red Sox; Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
And just like that, we have a new outfield! Mookie Betts of the Red Sox overtook last week’s third place outfielder, Lorenzo Cain, who falls to fifth. Betts, fourth place Mark Trumbo, and Cain are all within about 30,000 votes of each other, while Jose Bautista is just 100,000 behind. With Trout and Bradley Jr. relatively comfortable ahead of them, we’re going to have an intense race as 4 outfielders try to scratch and claw their way into a single available slot.
Elsewhere, everything else is the same, leader-wise. Catcher and DH races are laughers, and all the infield leaders are comfortably ahead. Some interesting things beneath them, however, include Robinson Cano overtaking Dustin Pedroia and Omar Infante for second place at second base. Similarly, last year’s MVP Josh Donaldson is now in second for third base, in front of the Royals’ injured Mike Moustakas.