Yesterday, I looked at the early voting for the American League All-Stars. Today the NL’s early voting results came out, so, here are my early impressions on them:
Okay, catcher. It’s Posey, then Molina, then everyone else. Seems about right, as the two of them are by far the best catchers in the NL.
First Base has Joey Votto with a big lead, and he deserves it. Paul Goldschmidt, however, is having a much better year than Brandon Belt, who inexplicably is in 2nd place.
Brandon Phillips isn’t a bad leader at second, but there are others, including Marco Scutaro and Cardinals Super-Utility Matt Carpenter, who are doing better than him. I have no idea how Dan Uggla is in the top five with his .175 batting average and league-leading 71 strikeouts.
Troy Tulowitzki is the correct answer at Shortstop.
Third Base is where I have a bit of a nitpick, as Pablo Sandoval holds a small lead over David Wright. Given that this All-Star Game is taking place in Flushing, I feel like it’d be better if Wright was the starting 3B and Kung Fu Panda was the DH (since the DH is now used at all All-Star Games). That’s just my opinion, though.
The outfield, much like the outfield with the AL, is really hard to pick. It’s hard to argue with Justin Upton (although he has cooled off significantly lately), Bryce Harper and Ryan Braun, but Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Gomez and plenty of others are also having great seasons. So many good choices but only three starting spots!
That said… again, not that bad of a early ballot results, although I feel like the Braves and Giants may be trying to stuff the ballots. Although, admittedly, every team does that- it’s just that the Giants and Braves are doing the best at it this year so far.