Matt Kemp, Joey Votto Lead N.L. All-Star Balloting

One day after the American League All-Star voting was updated, here are the latest figures for National League All-Star balloting, position-by-position:

First Base
Joey Votto, Reds: 2,108,725
Lance Berkman, Cardinals: 851,373
Freddie Freeman, Braves: 828,759
Brandon Belt, Giants: 563,708
Bryan LaHair, Cubs: 514,809

With Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols no longer in the N.L., this one appears to be Votto’s by a landslide. LaHair, though currently fifth, might make the team as a reserve because there has to be at least one Cub.

Second Base
Dan Uggla, Braves: 1,341,088
Brandon Phillips, Reds: 885,250
Omar Infante, Marlins: 737,715
Jose Altuve, Astros: 700,640
Rickie Weeks, Brewers: 642,184

This one’s a bit closer, but Uggla’s having a solid season and should get the nod.

Third Base
David Wright, Mets: 1,358,992
Pablo Sandoval, Giants: 1,103,650
David Freese, Cardinals: 1,095,206
Chipper Jones, Braves: 1,054,586
Placido Polanco, Phillies: 635,782

It’s the same deal at third base; Wright’s having a good year, plus Sandoval has spent considerable time on the disabled list. Jones is likely to get a reserve nod as he’s retiring at the end of the season.

Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: 1,200,256
Rafael Furcal, Cardinals: 1,183,096
Starlin Castro, Cubs: 738,771
Jimmy Rollins, Phillies: 684,754
Jose Reyes, Marlins: 662,199

This is the closest race of any N.L. vote; Tulowitzki remains on the DL and Furcal could overtake him in a fairly weak field.

Buster Posey, Giants: 1,713,839
Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 1,576,199
Carlos Ruiz, Phillies: 1,191,194
Brian McCann, Braves: 1,012,743
Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers: 588,710

Posey’s return from that gruesome injury last year to being productive is one of the best stories of 2012.

Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 2,589,464
Carlos Beltran, Cardinals: 1,782,831
Ryan Braun, Brewers: 1,553,356
Melky Cabrera, Giants: 1,357,461
Andre Ethier, Dodgers: 1,142,312
Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 951,652

Kemp was off to a monster start and the possibility of an even better year than he had in 2011, but now he’s missed quite a bit of time with two DL stints due to a hamstring injury. It’s anyone’s guess on when he’ll return or whether he’d be able to play in the All-Star Game; he’s got a lead of over one million votes over Cabrera in fourth place, so he’ll almost certainly be elected.

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