Fans of the Chicago Cubs have been coming out this season to get their players to the All-Star Game. They have control of several of the positions for the All-Star game, and in the recent update, that still hasn’t changed. In today’s voting update, Cubs players still have the lead for five of the eight starting positions for the All-Star game, including all four infield spots.
Meanwhile, the Brewers don’t have much representation in the vote, but a few players have managed to make it into the voting leaders. In the outfield, Ryan Braun has been in the top players since day one, and has retained his spot at #5 in the vote. However, with 550,000 votes separating him from one of the three starting spots, he would need a big push to have a chance to make the game.
Joining the leaders in this week’s update is catcher Jonathan Lucroy. For the first time, he is among the top five players at catcher. However, he also has a long climb if he wants to be in the game, as he is nearly 500,000 votes away from the top spot.
If you look at the numbers, both Lucroy and Braun have clear cases to make the All-Star Game. Lucroy leads all catchers with a 2.3 fWAR, batting .307/.366/.528 with 10 home runs and a wRC+ of 134. Ryan Braun has also put together a good season with a .307/.367/.522 batting line, but his 0.8 fWAR is only 19th among NL outfielders, and his 133 wRC+ gets lost among the many talented players in the National League. However, his name recognition keeps him in the conversation.
The MLB All-Star Game is just under a month away now, scheduled to take place at Petco Park in San Diego on July 12. At least one Brewer will be selected to the team, but it will likely not be through the fan vote.
Statistics Courtesy of FanGraphs