Despite having played in only 36 games this season, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is neck-and-neck with the Twins’ Miguel Sano and the Indians’ Jose Ramirez in All-Star voting. According to MLB.com’s Joe Trezza, Donaldson trails Sano by a little over 93,000 votes and Ramirez by less than 60,000.
Blue Jays play-by-play broadcaster Mike Wilner spoke to Donaldson about his All-Star candidacy and the 2015 AL MVP was candid. He said, “I’m not an All-Star, look at my numbers.”
Donaldson has hit .265/.366/.508 with eight home runs and 20 RBI in 153 plate appearances. Comparatively, Ramirez and Sano have been to the plate twice as often. Ramirez has hit .322/.377/.557 with 12 home runs, 36 RBI, and nine stolen bases while Sano has hit .274/.375/.548 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI.
Of course, since fans are voting, this is not a meritocracy; it’s a popularity contest. If Donaldson gets a strong late push, he very well could be starting for the American League at third base in the All-Star Game.
The Athletics tied a league record on Saturday thanks to Stephen Piscotty, who launched a two-run, 396-foot home run off of the White Sox’ Dylan Covey to put the club on the board in the second inning. The homer may not have erased the five-run deficit the A’s were working against, but it extended their home run streak to 24 consecutive road games — tying the 1996 Orioles for the longest home run streak on the road in 22 years.
Following Piscotty’s blast, they eventually tied things up in the fifth inning with a sac fly from Dustin Fowler and a two-run double off the bat of Jed Lowrie. Daniel Mengden, meanwhile, was forced off the mound after just two innings; he expended 44 pitches and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks.
The Athletics are currently tied with the White Sox 5-5 in the fifth. They’ll attempt to get a leg up in the series finale — and earn the standalone league record for most consecutive road games with a home run — when right-hander Paul Blackburn and southpaw Carlos Rodon go head-to-head on Sunday at 2:10 PM ET.