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The 2011 All-Star Game from Chase Field should prove to be another classic. And with four San Francisco Giants pitchers, there should be a solid amount of Black and Orange represented. For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles.
The 2011 MLB All Star Game is just over a week away and the American League and National League each announced their starters and reserves. In the National League, the San Francisco Giants will have four representatives heading down to Arizona. Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Brian Wilson will all be making repeat visits to the Mid Summer Classic, while out-of-nowhere starter Ryan Vogelsong will be making his first career All Star Game appearance.
Vogelsong was moved into the starting rotation on April 28 after Barry Zito was injured. While Zito has been recovering, Vogelsong has put together a fairly unexpected and amazing run. He has gone 6-1 with a 2.09 ERA. He doesn't yet qualify for the ERA race but he would be in second right now in the NL if he did. He'll likely qualify in the next start or two.
The other three starters are all worthy entrants given the impressive numbers they have put up. It helps to have skipper Bruce Bochy managing the squad, but Wilson, Cain and Lincecum have all been solid for a fairly dominant Giants pitching staff. Linecum is 6-6 with a 3.04 ERA and is making his fourth straight appearance. Cain is 7-4 with a 3.02 ERA with an opponents batting average of .223. Cain is scheduled to pitch for the Giants on Sunday, which means he will not be allowed to appear in the game itself. The league added a rule that kept pitchers on the sidelines if they started the first half finale so as to prevent injury. Brian Wilson is currently tied for the National League lead with 24 saves. He previously appeared in the All Star Game in 2008.
Here is a rundown of the National League starters and reserves:
Starters: Brian McCann (C, Atlanta Braves), Prince Fielder, (1B, Milwaukee Brewers),Rickie Weeks (2B), Jose Reyes (SS, New York Mets), Placido Polanco (3B,Philadelphia Phillies), Ryan Braun (OF, Milwaukee Brewers), Lance Berkman (OF, St. Louis Cardinals) and Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers).
Position Players: Justin Upton (OF, Arizona Diamondbacks), Chipper Jones (3B,Atlanta Braves), Starlin Castro (SS, Chicago Cubs), Brandon Phillips (2B, Cincinnati Reds), Jay Bruce (OF, Cincinnati Reds), Joey Votto (1B, Cincinnati Reds), Troy Tulowitzki (SS, Colorado Rockies), Gaby Sanchez (1B, Florida Marlins), Hunter Pence(OF, Houston Astros), Carlos Beltran (OF, New York Mets), Matt Holliday (OF, St. Louis Cardinals), Yadier Molina (C, St. Louis Cardinals).
Pitchers: Jonny Venters (RP, Atlanta Braves), Clayton Kershaw (SP, Los Angeles Dodgers), Cole Hamels (SP, Philadelphia Phillies), Jair Jurrjens (SP, Atlanta Braves),Joel Hanrahan (RP, Pittsburgh Pirates), Heath Bell (RP, San Diego Padres), Matt Cain (SP, San Francisco Giants), Roy Halladay (SP, Philadelphia Phillies), Tim Lincecum(SP, San Francisco Giants), Brian Wilson (RP, San Francisco Giants), Ryan Vogelsong(SP, San Francisco Giants), Cliff Lee (SP, Philadelphia Phillies), Tyler Clippard (RP,Washington Nationals).
The 2011 MLB All Star Game is just over a week away and the American League and National League each announced their starters and reserves. In the American League, the Oakland Athletics will be represented by starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez. While the A's were required to have an All Star, Gonzalez is a worthy selection. Entering his Sunday start against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Gonzalez is fourth in the AL in ERA and 10th in strikeouts. He is currently 7-5 with a 2.38 ERA and 99 Ks. He'll be facing off against Ian Kennedy on Sunday as Kennedy seeks to win the NL Final Vote.
For the American League, Jose Bautista ended up as the leading vote-getter. Bautista, Alex Avila and Josh Hamilton represent the only non-Red Sox and Yankees in the AL starting lineup. The AL West will be represented by Gonzalez, Hamilton, Howie Kendrick, Adrian Beltre, Michael Young, Felix Hernandez, Brandon League, Jered Weaver, and C.J. Wilson. This marks the first time in Ichiro Suzuki's MLB career that he has not made the All Star team.
Here is the full rundown of American League starters and reserves:
Starters: Alex Avila (C, Detroit Tigers), Adrian Gonzalez (1B, Boston Red Sox),Robinson Cano (2B, New York Yankees), Alex Rodriguez (3B, New York Yankees),Derek Jeter (SS, New York Yankees), David Ortiz (DH, Boston Red Sox), Jose Bautista (OF, Toronto Blue Jays), Curtis Granderson (OF, New York Yankees) and Josh Hamilton (OF, Texas Rangers).
Position Players: Matt Wieters (C, Baltimore Orioles), Jacoby Ellsbury (OF, Boston Red Sox), Carlos Quentin (OF, Chicago White Sox), Asdrubal Cabrera (SS,Cleveland Indians), Miguel Cabrera (1B, Detroit Tigers), Howie Kendrick (2B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), Michael Cuddyer (OF, Minnesota Twins), Russell Martin(C, New York Yankees), Matt Joyce (OF, Tampa Bay Rays), Adrian Beltre (3B, Texas Rangers), Michael Young (IF, Texas Rangers).
Pitchers: Chris Perez (RP, Cleveland Indians), Jose Valverde (RP, Detroit Tigers),Aaron Crow (RP, Kansas City Royals), Josh Beckett (SP, Boston Red Sox), Mariano Rivera (RP, New York Yankees), Gio Gonzalez (SP, Oakland Athletics), Felix Hernandez (SP, Seattle Mariners), Justin Verlander (SP, Detroit Tigers), Brandon League (RP, Seattle Mariners), David Price (SP, Tampa Bay Rays), James Shields (SP, Tampa Bay Rays), Jered Weaver (SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), C.J. Wilson (SP, Texas Rangers).
Major League Baseball released the final American League ballot update for the 2011 Major League All Star Game and as expected the Oakland Athletics remain on the outside looking in. In-stadium balloting is finished, leaving online balloting as the only remaining option to get players into starting spots. As it currently stands, the most significant remaining battle would appear to be between Josh Hamilton and Jacoby Ellsbury for the final outfield spot. Hamilton leads Ellsbury by 121,325 votes with a week of voting left. It will be interesting to see if Red Sox Nation can sufficiently back there man in this final week of voting.
For the A's the question is who will be selected by American League manager Ron Washington. The former A's coach has a few interesting option on the A's pitching staff. Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill are the top two starting candidates from the team, while Grant Balfour and Brad Ziegler are the two best bullpen options. It would have been interesting to see what kind of numbers Jemile Weeks and Scott Sizemore would have had if they started the season on the A's 25-man roster, but that's the way the cookie crumbles. Weeks' exciting style of play could be a boon for him in future All Star votes.
2011 AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING (as of June 28)
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 5,263,840
Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 4,582,419
Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 3,173,000
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 3,051,675
Carl Crawford, Red Sox: 2,294,337
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 1,912,783
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners: 1,912,062
Nick Swisher, Yankees: 1,648,599
Brett Gardner, Yankees: 1,499,367
J.D. Drew, Red Sox: 1,428,367
Matt Joyce, Rays: 1,226,439
Jeff Francoeur, Royals: 1,061,445
David Murphy, Rangers: 1,057,887
Grady Sizemore, Indians: 1,033,014
Shin-Soo Choo, Indians: 924,326
Monday afternoon saw Major League Baseball release the final National League pre-selection voting update for the 2011 MLB All Star Game. The starters will be announced next week, which means players are officially running out of time to secure a starting spot. For the San Francisco Giants, Pablo Sandoval was the last chance for a starting spot but he continues to lose votes to Placido Polanco who looks set to secure the starting third base job. Catcher Buster Posey remains in third place in spite of his injury while Brian McCann seems set to make his first All Star Game start. Freddy Sanchez is holding down fifth place among second basemen even though he finds himself on the shelf at this point.
The Giants will likely end up with at least two or three players on the NL roster thanks to some solid starting pitching and Bruce Bochy being the team manager. If I were to make any predictions, I'd suspect we'll see Brian Wilson on the roster and likely closing the game next month if the NL is in a save situation. Tim Lincecum or Matt Cain would appear likely to grab another spot, particularly if Lincecum can close out the first half of the season with a few strong performances.
The real interesting case will be Ryan Vogelsong. Since replacing Barry Zito, Vogelsong has gone on quite the tear with nine straight starts in which he has given up two or fewer runs. At his current pace, with enough innings he could find himself leading all of baseball in earned run average. If that's the case, I'm not sure how anybody can justify not including him on the roster.
2011 NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING (as of June 26)
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
Jay Bruce, Reds: 2,119,267
Shane Victorino, Phillies: 1,742,128
Carlos Beltran, Mets: 1,639,362
Jason Heyward, Braves: 1,302,127
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: 1,253,728
Raul Ibanez, Phillies: 1,239,678
Corey Hart, Brewers: 1,217,629
Justin Upton, D-backs: 1,141,296
Carlos Gomez, Brewers: 1,016,685
Martin Prado, Braves: 1,012,084
The 2011 MLB All Star Game is now three weeks away, with the selection show approximately two weeks out. Major League Baseball released the latest American League voting results and once again the Oakland Athletics remain out of the top vote-getters, as would be expected given their offensive struggles this season. One wonders where Jemile Weeks might be in balloting if he had been called up to start the season. Not that he would have put up similar numbers as now, but it's a fun exercise to play.
The A's will likely send any representatives from their pitching. Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez have put together very respectable seasons thus far and would be deserving selections. However, a comment during the A's telecast on Tuesday night got me thinking about another option out of the bullpen. While Andrew Bailey has not been back long enough to rack up sufficient stats and Brian Fuentes has struggled with his consistency, Grant Balfour and Brad Ziegler might be worth considering in the conversation at this point.
Both operate in middle relief roles but given the idea that each league needs to win this game for World Series home field advantage, it makes sense to include some strong relief pitchers outside of closers. Balfour and Ziegler have each put together excellent 2011 seasons that could justify a spot. I'm not holding my breath that either will make the team, but I don't think it's entirely crazy to consider including them. Grant Balfour is 4-1 with 2 saves, a 2.69 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 32 2/3 innings. Brad Ziegler is 2-0 with 1 save, a 1.93 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 23 1/3 innings. The AL could use some strong right handed relief pitchers and you could make an argument that Balfour or Ziegler deserves the call.
Here is a rundown of the latest results for the American League:
2011 AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING (as of June 21)
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 4,156,940
Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 3,473,227
Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 2,400,408
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 2,249,323
Carl Crawford, Red Sox: 1,789,097
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners: 1,537,101
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 1,462,426
Nick Swisher, Yankees: 1,271,843
Brett Gardner, Yankees: 1,120,179
J.D. Drew, Red Sox: 1,112,720
Matt Joyce, Rays: 1,038,098
Jeff Francoeur, Royals: 906,983
Grady Sizemore, Indians: 867,281
David Murphy, Rangers: 785,630
Shin-Soo Choo, Indians: 764,817
Major League Baseball released the latest National League All Star balloting results and Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval remains the top option for San Francisco Giants position players. While the National League All Star team is likely going to include multiple Giants pitchers, Giants hitters remain a question mark as we enter the last two weeks of voting. Sandoval leads the way in third place at third base. Buster Posey continues to get votes and finds himself less than 800,000 votes behind leader Brian McCann but we know Posey won't be going to the All Star Game. The only other Giants position player at this point in the top five is second baseman Freddy Sanchez, who is in fifth place with 987,606 votes.
The National League balloting took an interesting twist this week as Albert Pujols went down with a fracture in his right forearm. Pujols was second among all National League players but is now out four to six weeks, meaning he won't be playing in the All Star Game. Depending on how voting closes in the next two weeks, that means Joey Votto or Prince Fielder will get the starting nod.
Results are scheduled to be announced on July 3 on the All Star selection show on TBS.
2011 NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING (as of June 20)
Ryan Braun, Brewers: 3,034,057
Lance Berkman, Cardinals: 2,562,428
Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 2,390,118
Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 2,062,667
Andre Ethier, Dodgers: 1,889,298
Jay Bruce, Reds: 1,681,613
Shane Victorino, Phillies: 1,357,115
Carlos Beltran, Mets: 1,261,308
Jason Heyward, Braves: 1,059,581
Raul Ibanez, Phillies: 982,046
Justin Upton, D-backs: 950,047
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: 944,666
Corey Hart, Brewers: 910,550
Martin Prado, Braves: 830,105
Alfonso Soriano, Cubs: 804,303
Major League Baseball released updated National League balloting results for the 2011 MLB All Star Game and the San Francisco Giants have managed to get a few offensive players in the mix. As of Monday, the Giants voting results include Pablo Sandoval ranked third among NL third basemen with 1,029,380 votes. He trails Placido Polanco (1,822,129) and Chipper Jones (1,197,332). Sandoval was activated from the DL and made his return to the Giants Tuesday night.
The other two Giants getting significant votes are both injured and likely done for the season. Catcher Buster Posey dropped from second to third in the voting as Yadier Molina surpassed him. Brian McCann maintains his lead at the top. At second base, Freddy Sanchez faces the possibility of season-ending surgery on his left shoulder. He dropped from third to fifth among NFL second basemen.
As it currently stands, the Giants most likely representative would have to be closer Brian Wilson. In 30 appearances, Wilson has 18 saves with a 2.70 ERA. His save total is tied with four other closers behind three league leaders with 19 saves. Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain also have a shot at getting All Star nods based on a combination of solid seasons and past reputation. They both have had solid campaigns in 2011, but both could use a hot streak heading into July.
Here's your National League starting lineup as of June 13:
C: Brian McCann, Braves: 1,123,943 (Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 1,345,260)
1B: Albert Pujols, Cardinals: 2,081,590 (Joey Votto, Reds: 1,773,348)
2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds: 1,754,872 (Rickie Weeks, Brewers: 1,461,383)
3B: Placido Polanco, Phillies: 1,822,129 (Chipper Jones, Braves: 1,197,332)
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: 1,828,509 (Jose Reyes, Mets: 1,241,553)
OF: Ryan Braun, Brewers: 2,230,505 (Andre Ethier, Dodgers: 1,468,537)
OF: Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 1,855,416 (Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 1,372,804)
OF: Lance Berkman, Cardinals: 1,878,314 (Jay Bruce, Reds: 1,201,224)
Major League Baseball released the latest round of voting results for the 2011 MLB All Star Game and the Oakland Athletics remain on the outside looking in with no representatives among the top vote-getters in the American league. It's not like it's a shocking result, but it is still worth noting.
The A's will likely send a lone representative to the 2011 All Star Game, although that representative remains up in the air. The two primary candidates remain Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez given the injuries to the rest of the pitching staff. However, it's not entirely out of the realm of possibility that Coco Crisp could sneak in to the ASG if he can finish the first half of the season on a hot streak. He's currently second in the American League with 19 steals. While that's a solid enough number, his .258 average is not helping him so he'd need to boost that. I'm not holding my breath, but crazier things have happened.
In the meantime, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista currently leads the majors in votes with 3,042,091. The AL West does have some representation in the results from the Seattle Mariners (Ichiro Suzuki - 5th OF), Los Angeles Angels (Maicer Izturis - 5th 3B), and the Texas Rangers who have somebody rep'd at every single position. Additionally, Rangers OF Josh Hamilton is holding steady in third place among outfielders, just ahead of Jacoby Ellsbury.
2011 AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING (as of June 14)
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 3,042,091
Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 2,406,946
Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 1,799,339
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 1,447,715
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners: 1,231,035
Carl Crawford, Red Sox: 1,222,687
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 1,123,608
Nick Swisher, Yankees: 937,365
Brett Gardner, Yankees: 796,905
J.D. Drew, Red Sox: 778,871
Jeff Francoeur, Royals: 752,687
Grady Sizemore, Indians: 739,930
Matt Joyce, Rays: 737,377
Shin-Soo Choo, Indians: 642,387
David Murphy, Rangers: 622,160
Major League Baseball released results for the second week of balloting in the 2011 MLB All Star Game and Buster Posey's injury would appear to be catching up with him. Last week Posey held a 151,000 vote lead over Brian McCann among National League catchers. The latest balloting results have Brian McCann surpassing Posey. We don't have a position-by-position breakdown of votes, but we do know McCann was at 1,123,943 votes as of MLB's latest release. McCann has been to five consecutive All Star games but has never started one. His primary competition at this point is probably Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina.
In other NL voting news, Ryan Braun surpassed Albert Pujols for the overall voting lead with 1,588,342 votes. Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Holliday are both hanging in there behind Pujols. Although they probably won't surpass him, it shows an impressive rise in popularity, particularly for Tulowitzki.
Here's your National League starting lineup as of June 6:
C: Brian McCann, Braves: 1,123,943 (Buster Posey, Giants: 1,065,983)
1B: Albert Pujols, Cardinals: 1,479,320 (Joey Votto, Reds: 1,310,755)
2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds: 1,331,568 (Rickie Weeks, Brewers: 982,561)
3B: Placido Polanco, Phillies: 1,303,817 (Chipper Jones, Braves: 872,052)
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: 1,409,806 (Jimmy Rollins, Phillies: 785,703)
OF: Ryan Braun, Brewers: 1,588,342 (Andre Ethier, Dodgers: 1,130,888)
OF: Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 1,407,781 (Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 918,269)
OF: Lance Berkman, Cardinals: 1,382,436 (Shane Victorino, Phillies: 787,987)
Major League Baseball released the second round of American League 2011 All Star Game balloting results and yet again the Oakland Athletics remain off the ballot. The A's are likely looking at a season with only one representative, which this year would be either Trevor Cahill or Gio Gonzalez. They've lost 60% of their stellar pitching staff to injury and Andrew Bailey is only just now coming off the disabled list. And the offense? Well, the less said the better.
The AL West however does get extensive representation, primarily from the Texas Rangers. The Angels (Maicer Izturis, 5th among 3B) and Mariners (Ichiro, 4th among OF) each have one person showing up in the results. On the other hand, the Rangers have representatives at every position and Josh Hamilton is currently third among outfielders in spite of his extensive absence.
As it currently stands, Yorvit Torrealba is fifth among catchers. Mitch Moreland is fourth among first basemen. Ian Kinsler is third among second basemen. Adrian Beltre is second among third basemen. Michael Young is second among designated hitters. Finally, alongside Hamilton, Nelson Crus is sixth among outfielders. It's interesting that two of their top All Star reps have mixed time with injuries.
2011 AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING (as of June 7)
Russell Martin, Yankees: 1,317,557
Joe Mauer, Twins: 829,073
Alex Avila, Tigers: 722,385
Carlos Santana, Indians: 588,407
Yorvit Torrealba, Rangers: 515,274
Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 1,333,445
Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox: 1,268,706
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 962,242
Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 453,354
Paul Konerko, White Sox: 370,897
Robinson Cano, Yankees: 1,930,762
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 963,996
Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 782,285
Orlando Cabrera, Indians: 577,746
Ben Zobrist, Rays: 518,942
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 1,515,188
Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 1,224,381
Evan Longoria, Rays: 939,549
Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox: 852,260
Maicer Izturis, Angels: 283,131
Derek Jeter, Yankees: 1,454,795
Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians: 1,162,728
Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 831,061
Yunel Escobar, Blue Jays: 482,614
Jhonny Peralta, Tigers: 344,198
David Ortiz, Red Sox: 1,160,590
Michael Young, Rangers: 1,033,514
Jorge Posada, Yankees: 626,495
Travis Hafner, Indians: 575,407
Johnny Damon, Rays: 544,421
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 2,142,867
Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 1,725,654
Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 1,229,040
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners: 970,622
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 871,897
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 768,115
Carl Crawford, Red Sox: 747,644
Nick Swisher, Yankees: 712,924
Grady Sizemore, Indians: 616,328
Brett Gardner, Yankees: 597,890
Jeff Francoeur, Royals: 573,420
Shin-Soo Choo, Indians: 524,758
J.D. Drew, Red Sox: 501,187
Matt Joyce, Rays: 497,847
Sam Fuld, Rays: 433,784
In the least surprising result since last year, the Oakland Athletics will likely not have any offensive players included in the 2011 MLB All Star Game. MLB released the first edition of American League voting results and there are no A's to be found. The A's are likely going to end up getting a pitcher as their mandatory representative, with a possible chance for two pitchers if they can get back in gear soon.
As it currently stands, Jose Bautista leads all players in votes as he closes in on 1.3 million votes. While the Giants have gotten Freddy Sanchez and Pablo Sandoval at least into the discussion, the A's best bet at this point might be Kurt Suzuki. It's hard to tell where his vote total stands, but given some of the catchers in the American League, I could see him sneaking into the top five before all is said and done. Suzuki's numbers aren't fantastic, but his defensive prowess might score him some votes.
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 1,261,659
Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 994,315
Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 748,240
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners: 674,406
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 514,006
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 494,721
Nick Swisher, Yankees: 465,984
Grady Sizemore, Indians: 457,185
Carl Crawford, Red Sox: 440,626
Jeff Francoeur, Royals: 407,517
Brett Gardner, Yankees: 370,989
Shin-Soo Choo, Indians: 366,575
Sam Fuld, Rays: 310,520
J.D. Drew, Red Sox: 307,684
B.J. Upton, Rays: 277,173
The first round of MLB All Star Game ballot results have been released for the 2011 game and Giants catcher Buster Posey holds a solid lead over Braves catcher Brian McCann. Posey has pulled in 785,314 votes and leads by over 151,000 votes. Posey is out for the season with a broken leg and torn ankle ligaments so even if he maintains his lead, he’ll likely be replaced by McCann or Yadier Molina.
The Giants have two other players in the top five at their respective positions. Pablo Sandoval is third among NL third basemen in spite of missing the last month of action with a broken hand. Sandoval is expected to start a rehab assignment this weekend in Fresno and rejoin the Giants in the next couple of weeks.
Freddy Sanchez is fifth among second baseman where Brandon Phillips leads the voting. Sanchez leads qualifying Giants hitters with a .292 batting average. He’s having a solid season but at close to 500,000 votes back of first place Phillips, it’s unlikely Sanchez will make up the ground. Of course, we’ve seen some crazy All Star Game campaigns in recent years, so maybe Giants fans can pull it off.
The 2011 MLB All Star Game is just under six weeks away, which means All Star ballot results are starting to be released. The San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics both have players that are worthy of inclusion, with the potential for repeat selections. Both teams are hanging around in their respective division races thanks to some key individuals, primarily on their pitching staffs.
2010 saw the A's and Giants both send two players to the All Star Game. The Giants sent Tim Linecum and Brian Wilson while the A's sent Trevor Cahill and Andrew Bailey. Given the first half offensive struggles of both teams last year, it's not surprising offensive players did not end up on the roster.
As we head into June in 2011, the Giants could send Lincecum and Wilson as they are both having solid seasons. Lincecum is 5-4 with a 2.22 ERA and 79 strikeouts (both good for fourth in the National League). Wilson is tied for fifth in the National League in saves with 14. His numbers aren't spectacular but he's got the name recognition that often results in an All Star nod.
Buster Posey likely would have worked his way into All Star consideration, but his leg and ankle injury mean even if he's voted in he won't be able to play. He's actually leading in the initial round of balloting results with a 151,000 vote lead over Brian McCann. It will be interesting to see if he maintains his lead in the coming month.
The Oakland Athletics could send Trevor Cahill once again as he is 6-3 with a 2.31 ERA. He's struggled a bit recently and will need to square things away if he's going to make the team for the second straight season. Outside of Cahill, Gio Gonzalez could work his way onto the team. He's fourth in the American League with a 2.17 ERA. Andrew Bailey is only just now getting back from his forearm injury and will not make the team.
Offensively the A's struggles have left them without a significant hitter. Ryan Sweeney has been the team's best hitter thus far but that has been in limited appearances. Given the requirement that every team have a representative on the roster, it's likely that it will be either Trevor Cahill or Gio Gonzalez.
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