When we last checked in this morning, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez were in the lead for the Final Vote for the 2015 All-Star Game. Both have held on and won the spots for their respective leagues, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports.
Boy, do people in the midwest show up to vote.
Moustakas, 26, is on the All-Star team for the first time in his five-year career. He enters play Friday batting .301/.357/.436 with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 321 plate appearances. He joins teammates Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, and the injured Alex Gordon on the American League All-Star roster.
Martinez, 23, is also a first-time All-Star. He’s 10-3 with a 2.52 ERA and a 113/43 K/BB ratio in 107 1/3 innings over 17 starts and one relief appearance. He joins teammates Trevor Rosenthal, Michael Wacha, Yadier Molina, Jhonny Peralta, and Matt Holliday on the National League All-Star roster.
The starters for the American and National League teams for the 2015 All-Star Game, hosted at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, were announced tonight on ESPN’s Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show.
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper accrued the most votes on the National League side with close to 14 million. Buster Posey finished second with just shy of 10 million votes.
- C: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
- 1B: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
- 2B: Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins
- 3B: Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds
- SS: Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis Cardinals
- OF: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
- OF: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
- OF: Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals
Stanton and Holliday are both on the disabled list at the moment. Holliday, however, says he intends to play in the All-Star Game, per MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch. Stanton is out four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist.
Josh Donaldson was the American League’s leading vote-getter with over 14 million votes. That sets a new single-season record for votes, according to Baseball Tonight.
- C: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
- 1B: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
- 2B: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
- 3B: Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
- SS: Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals
- OF: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
- OF: Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
- OF: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
- DH: Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners
Only four starters for the Royals. Seems a little light. No Omar Infante?!
Kansas City having the top vote-getter at seven of the nine American League positions in last week’s All-Star game voting update was a big story, but get this: Now they have eight of the nine spots.
Omar Infante, who’s hitting .204 with an AL-worst .496 OPS this season, has jumped ahead of Jose Altuve to become the leading vote-getter at second base.
Which means the only non-Royals player currently in line to start the All-Star game for the AL is reigning MVP Mike Trout of the Angels, who’d be surrounded by catcher Salvador Perez, first baseman Eric Hosmer, second baseman Omar Infante, shortstop Alcides Escobar, third baseman Mike Moustakas, outfielders Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain, and designated hitter Kendrys Morales.
Alex Rios is the only Royals player on the AL ballot not currently in line to start and even he’s fourth among outfielders despite playing just 18 games and hitting .197 this season.
Here are the position-by-position totals: