Things are getting more interesting in the National League as more players that deserve to start are getting their votes to actually do that! Let's start off with who is leading in the National League in votes: (click below!)
*Results came in from Monday, June 12.
Who YOU Should Vote for Based on Last Week:
Catcher- Buster Posey, San Francisco
Why? Second in the ENTIRE MLB for his average (.347). He also is fourth in the MLB for his on base percentage of .437, so I think he knows how to hit consistently and would be the correct fit for the National League at catcher.
First Base- Ryan Zimmerman, Washington
Why? When you have the highest batting average in the MLB, there is no way that you should be left out from the starting lineup. Interesting fact: Zimmerman has already surpassed his home run totals from the past three seasons because he is healthy and is playing to where he should be. He has hit 17 HRs in 57 games while he hit 15, 16, and 5 in the seasons before.
Second Base- Daniel Murphy, Washington
Why? His team is tearing up the NL so there has to be a few players from there that stood out and with his .335 batting average, he blew away his competition. Murphy still holds the lead at 10 HRs and RBIs with 41. His offense is the best and should be rewarded with a starting spot.
Third Base- Jake Lamb, Arizona
Why? It was hard to choose between Lamb and Arenado, since Arenado's average was higher (.286) than Lamb's (.276). The deciding factors for Lamb being chosen is that he has more home runs (16), more stolen bases (3), and the most RBIs in the MLB at 57. Lamb is developing into a great third baseman for Arizona and they have surprised the teams in the NL this year by not being towards the bottom of their division.
Shortstop- Zack Cozart, Cincinnati
Why? Cozart ranks fifth in the NL for batting average at .329 and is hitting better than the other shortstops right now. His home runs among NL shortstops are tied at first with 9 and his 33 RBIs are second. Another reason to choose Cozart is that his on-base plus slugging is seventh in the NL at .995, while no other shortstops are above him there.
Charlie Blackmon, Colorado
Marcell Ozuna, Miami
Matt Kemp, Atlanta
Blackmon deserves every vote with what he is doing in Colorado. He is hitting at .337, the highest among outfielders and third in the NL with 53 RBIs.
Ozuna made more of a jump in voting thanks to his improved performance and smart voters like you! At .324, he definitely deserves to be recognized for doing that and also hitting a good amount of home runs with 15.
Kemp is definitely a surprise here but his with .326 average, he should have been seen earlier. Kemp is hitting the ball better and having more at-bats than the next person to be considered for the outfield, so he should be considered to start.
*Results came in from Tuesday, June 13.
Who YOU Should Vote for Based on Last Week:
Catcher- Salvador Perez, Kansas City
Why? The competition is not very tough for catchers this year (sorry) and Perez has one of the highest averages and has played enough games for him to be considered a starter. He also leads in home runs at 13 and in RBIs with 35, which helps him to stand out and it explains why fans are choosing him.
First Base- Justin Smoak, Toronto
Why? He may not have the lead right now but hear me out on why he should be selected. He has the third highest average among first basemen but he leads them in home runs (18) and in RBIs (43). His 18 home runs also rank second highest in the entire MLB (he's tied with two other players but they play in the NL). It would be a shame if the best player on the Blue Jays (and their silver lining for right now) was left out in a starting position at first base.
Second Base- Starlin Castro, New York
Why? Castro has been hot as of lately and homered in three straight games this week, going from June 9-11, and went 5-for-11 in that stretch. Castro started out June with a great average of .319 and moved it up to .325. Castro leads all second basemen in average, home runs (12), RBIs (41).
Third Base- Miguel Sanó, Minnesota
Why? I was so wrong to leave him off from last week. Sano is at .288 with 15 home runs and 46 RBIs (best among AL third basemen) and went on a nine game hitting streak. He is tearing it up for Minnesota and leads in home runs, RBIs, runs, slugging percentage (.576), on base plus slugging percentage (.965), and hits (59). The thing about Minnesota is that they are also in first place, so what he is doing there is not something to pass on.
Shortstop- Elvis Andrus, Texas
Why? Andrus has a good amount of home runs (7) and RBIs (35) to be considered for the starting position. He also has a really good average of .297 and what really sets him apart from everyone else is his 15 stolen bases. Andrus is third among all AL players in stolen bases and is tied for sixth in hits for the American League (74 is the number that ties him with another shortstop for the lead).
Designated Hitter- Corey Dickerson, Tampa Bay
Why? Dickerson leads designated hitters with his .328 average and is tied for the lead in home runs (14) with two other players. Dickerson is the leader in hits in the AL and is second in the MLB.
Aaron Judge, New York
Avisaíl García, Chicago
George Springer, Houston
Judge is almost at a triple crown right now (he leads in average, home runs, but is one RBI short of leading) and is only a rookie. Judge also leads the AL in runs (57), on base plus slugging (1.180), slugging percentage (.728), on base percentage (.453), and walks (39). Imagine being feared that early in your career that you lead in walks.
Garcia is second behind Judge in average (.333) for the AL and is third in RBIs (46). He is forgotten about because his team is not appreciated enough but that should not hurt his chances of starting in the outfield. Garcia deserves to start because of the good numbers he is putting up in the AL and people need to start taking notice of him.
Springer should be considered because he is third in home runs (17) and has 40 RBIs, which are decent numbers to consider for the All Star Game.
Happy voting to you!
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