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)