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NL All-Star balloting update: Melky in, Braun out

Jun 19, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

Bochy's Angels? Getty Images

Just like in Monday’s AL balloting update, one spot in the National League projected All-Star lineup changed hands this week. Melky Cabrera moved ahead of Ryan Braun into third place in the outfield.

Cabrera is deserving based on his performance this season, but one can’t help but notice that Giants fans have been awfully generous in voting for their favorites to date. Angel Pagan ranks ahead of Andrew McCutchen and Carlos Gonzalez in the outfield, Brandon Belt is fourth at first base and even Brandon Crawford is fifth at shortstop.

CATCHER
Buster Posey, Giants: 2,445,005
Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 2,291,567
Carlos Ruiz, Phillies: 1,756,018

FIRST BASE
Joey Votto, Reds: 3,151,032
Freddie Freeman, Braves: 1,193,455
Lance Berkman, Cardinals: 1,159,418

SECOND BASE
Dan Uggla, Braves: 2,054,920
Brandon Phillips, Reds: 1,272,389
Jose Altuve, Astros: 1,074,993

THIRD BASE
David Wright, Mets: 1,977,388
Pablo Sandoval, Giants: 1,612,497
Chipper Jones, Braves: 1,547,221

SHORTSTOP
Rafael Furcal, Cardinals: 1,741,360
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: 1,647,235
Starlin Castro, Cubs: 1,006,333

OUTFIELD
Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 3,322,009
Carlos Beltran, Cardinals: 2,652,980
Melky Cabrera, Giants: 2,144,107
Ryan Braun, Brewers: 2,118,925
Andre Ethier, Dodgers: 1,517,218
Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 1,374,004
Hunter Pence, Phillies: 1,234,428
Michael Bourn, Braves: 1,201,215
Angel Pagan, Giants: 1,158,500

  1. sasquash20 - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    It is the right move. Braun is a juicer and a cheater.

  2. rcali - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    You can fool MLB but you can’t fool the fans, unless the fans are San Francisco Giant fans and the player in question is Barriod Bonds.

  3. minimoose763 - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Other than Joey Votto, 1st base in the NL is kind of a mess, so Belt getting so many votes doesn’t really surprise me. And I know a good number of Giants fans who are voting for him in an effort to troll Bochy, if that makes any sense.

  4. no14mike - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    I don’t expect LaRoche to get the love from fans, but I wish he would. He’s been outstanding on offense for a first place Nationals team.

  5. wilsonramosrescuerangers - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Seriously? How are Hunter Pence and Touched by an Angel Pagan in but CarGo isn’t??

    • emadethis - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      They aren’t in. Only top 3 OF are determined from fan votes.

      • wilsonramosrescuerangers - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:44 PM

        Ahhh crap.. you’re right, my bad. Still pretty sad that they’re pulling in more votes that McCutchen and Gonzo

      • wilsonramosrescuerangers - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:44 PM

        Ahhh crap.. you’re right, my bad. Still pretty sad that they’re pulling in more votes that McCutchen and Gonzo

  6. stex52 - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    I’m a fan of the Astros but not a homer. I’m pretty realistic about the team and its players. But Altuve at 2nd and Lowrie at short stop are not getting the love they deserve from the voters. I understand the dynamics of the ASG and I probably won’t watch it anyway. But it’s not a good way to judge the best players in the league.

    • cosanostra71 - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      I voted for Altuve- love the guy!

    • Walk - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      Thats kind of the point. A lot of the votes being cast are not for the better players. People are deliberetly voting against some of the better players to allow their teams league, be it national or american, to be able to claim home field advantage.

  7. theaxmancometh - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Kemp won’t be able to play anyways, so it’ll be the Melkman in center & Brauny in left

  8. mute617 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    I don’t get how a cheat would have consistent numbers year in & year out….

    • bla bla bla - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      Exactly. Braun is clean and always has been.

  9. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Ruiz has been the better catcher. He’s 3rd in the NL in batting average. 1st among catchers in batting average, RBI, runs, OPS, and WAR.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      Sure (from an offensive perspective).
      But we both know you would still choose Yadi if given the opportunity.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:58 PM

        Who is both? Someone standing next to you?

        Defensively Molina does not have that big of an advantage. Ruiz has been a very good catcher for years but wasn’t hitting. Statistically Ruiz is actually having a better defensive year.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      I hear you Pat. I am obviously biased. But based upon what I see (and hear from his teammates, coaches and opposing players)…you can’t put a price on what Yadi brings to the table.
      From handling the pitchers, to absolutely shutting the running game down, to his defensive skills…you can’t put a price on it. Further, (for me) TLR sealed the deal earlier this year when he said the ONE person in a Cardinals uniform they could least afford to lose was Yadier Molina.
      And he was referring to last year when the Organization knew both he and Pujols were going to be F.A.’s.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        If you want to use those points to pick Molina over Posey you will get no argument from anyone.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      Hahaha! I see what you did there Pat. Let’s just agree to disagree.
      The Cardinals fan choosed Yadi and the Phillies fan chooses Ruiz. Fair enough?

  10. blacc24 - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    McCuthen clearly is an all-star. Maybe even top 5 COMPLETE center fielder.

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