Vaughn: No Cards among NL All Stars in early voting
By KMOV Web Producer
JUPITER, FL - MARCH 14: Kevin Siegrist #77 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during a game against the Houston Astros at Roger Dean Stadium on March 14, 2012 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images) By Sarah Glenn
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 3: Starter Lance Lynn #31 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium on June 3, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
(BaseballStL) -- Yadier Molina currently leads the major leagues with a .350 batting average. He’s also the best defensive catcher in the game, and plays for the team with the best record in baseball. Fans who voted early for the National League All Star team prefer Buster Poser of the Giants as their starting catcher. Posey has more than 1.2 million votes while Molina is almost 400,000 votes behind.
The Cardinals don’t have any position players leading in the voting right now. Molina is second among catchers and Carlos Beltran is fourth among outfielders. Nobody else is close. Here are the current leaders by position as of June 4:
CATCHER 1. Buster Posey, Giants: 1,275,956 2. Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 938,911 3. John Buck, Mets: 523,843 4. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers: 313,574 5. Brian McCann, Braves: 285,600
FIRST BASE 1. Joey Votto, Reds: 1,044,742 2. Brandon Belt, Giants: 513,371 3. Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks: 473,513 4. Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers: 464,845 5. Freddie Freeman, Braves: 438,868
SECOND BASE 1. Brandon Phillips, Reds: 1,019,240 2. Marco Scutaro, Giants: 801,754 3. Chase Utley, Phillies: 524,219 4. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals: 439,239 5. Dan Uggla, Braves: 384,462
THIRD BASE 1. Pablo Sandoval, Giants: 1,094,475 2. David Wright, Mets: 967,299 3. Chris Johnson, Braves: 386,811 4. David Freese, Cardinals: 375,428 5. Todd Frazier, Reds: 343,201
OUTFIELD 1. Justin Upton, Braves: 1,184,249 2. Bryce Harper, Nationals: 1,182,532 3. Ryan Braun, Brewers: 945,665 4. Carlos Beltran, Cardinals: 847,924 5. Shin-Soo Choo, Reds: 743,755 6. Hunter Pence, Giants: 624,972 7. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: 576,201 8. Angel Pagan, Giants: 572,400 9. Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 491,629 10. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: 482,719 11. Gregor Blanco, Giants: 475,662 12. Carlos Gomez, Brewers: 472,272 13. B.J. Upton, Braves: 420,104 14. Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 389,372 15. Jay Bruce, Reds: 374,852
Voting continues until July 4. Even if the Cardinals don’t land any starting position players for the All Star game, they should have some pitchers named to the team. Possibly as many as four!
A good case could be made for Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller and Edward Mujica. But that might be a curse. I don’t think Mike Matheny would like to see three or four of his pitchers have to work in the All Star game and then not be available for a couple of days afterwards. It’s always something!