06/27/2011

All-Star Voting

(This post was written by occasional contributor Jeremy Powers.)

The Reds will compete in four more series before this year’s all-star weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. The Reds have been pushing for fans to vote up to 25 times at Reds.com, and the Redlegs may potentially have a few starters in this season’s mid-summer classic.

Brandon Phillips continues to lead voting at second base. As of June 21 (the last time totals were announced), he had racked up 2,286,378 votes and leads Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks by a slight, but comfortable, margin that should have the Reds flashy second baseman starting at Chase Field on July 12.

Joey Votto remains in second place behind the Cardinals’ superstar, Albert Pujols. Behind Votto is Prince Fielder of the Brewers. A NL Central dominated race could come down to Votto and Fielder if Pujols’ forearm injury prevents him from participating. If Pujols cannot go then the Reds will have a solid opportunity to represent the right side of the infield.

Scott Rolen is not one of the two top vote getters at third base. Instead the Phillies’ Placido Polanco and the Braves veteran Chipper Jones lead the voting at the hot corner.

The player-of-the-month during May, Jay Bruce, is sixth in voting among NL outfielders. The candidates in the outfield include Ryan Braun of the Brewers, St. Louis’ Lance Berkman, Matt Kemp of the Dodgers and Matt Holiday, who has missed part of the 2011-12 season on the DL but is batting .330.

Major League Baseball leaves pitchers off the ballot, but Bill Bray and Johnny Cueto may both have good arguments to be on the team. Starting on the DL has hampered Cueto’s win/loss record, but his ERA of 1.63 leads the big leagues. Bill Bray has appeared in 41 games for the Reds this season. Bray currently has 23 strikeouts/1.71 ERA/0.91 WHIP. Arthur Rhodes, now with the Texas Rangers, represented Cincinnati in the all-star game last year and Bray has similar, if not better, numbers than Rhodes had last year. If pitchers were on the ballot, you’ve got to think that Aroldis Chapman would garner votes despite his struggles and time in AAA due to his remarkable power and popularity.

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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

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  1. I got an email from the Reds today stating that Phillips has fallen to second behind Weeks and Votto has fallen to third behind Fielder. I guess the Brewers are doing a little better at getting the vote out.

    Bruce is still sixth.

  2. Right now I feel only Votto, Cueto and maybe Bray and Co-Co deserve to be on the team. I vote once and only once and Votto was the only player I voted for.

    • I guess the Brewers are doing a little better at getting the vote out.
      Bruce is still sixth.

      Perhaps this is why the Brewers fans are getting their guys out there:

      I vote once and only once and Votto was the only player I voted for.

      You often talk about accepting the system we have (e.g. Dusty and Walt won’t trade b/c we are “in the race”, Dusty manages a certain way, etc.)… well it’d be nice if the All-Star game voting was based on solid numbers and integrity in voting, but we all know that isn’t the case. If you truly feel Votto is the only All-Star on the team, vote your finger off for him!

  3. I don’t have a problem with Weeks starting over BP, but shouldn’t BP be the all star reserve ? Who is better ? Utley was out too long.

    Bray doesn’t have a chance. Not sure about CoCo, I’d have to study it.

  4. @dn4192:

    Way to support the team. I don’t know how you can’t vote for Phillips, I guess you must like Weeks HR total. I would never vote for a division rival, nor do I allow them on my fantasy team. 200 total votes 😀

    • @Jeff: Way to support the team. I don’t know how you can’t vote for Phillips, I guess you must like Weeks HR total. I would never vote for a division rival, nor do I allow them on my fantasy team. 200 total votes

      I don’t vote for other players, I vote for the Reds I feel have or should be on teh All Star roster. Sorry but Phillips is not having an all star year this year.

  5. I used to stick to the standard of only voting once, but in this vote that’s like not voting at all.

    • I used to stick to the standard of only voting once, but in this vote that’s like not voting at all.

      In the age of internet voting, 20 times is the new voting once.

  6. @pinson343: BTW I will vote for BP over Weeks.

  7. For some reason I’m not a Reds homer when it comes to All-Star voting. I like to vote for who actually deserves to start, because I’d want other fans to do that for Reds players if they were truly deserving.

    I thought Weeks is really having a good year, but looking at the numbers, Brandon Phillips is still better, especially considering his defense. I would vote for Phillips. I’d have to vote for Fielder over Votto though. Votto will probably backup Fielder in the All-Star game. It’s just nice to see the possibility of multiple Reds making the All-Star game unlike years past where they would get one guy picked just because every team had to have one.

  8. @JerBear: I used to strictly vote for who I thought deserved to start. But given the flood of home team votes, I now use a little leeway.

    There are different ways to view “deserve” than a strict analysis of what the players have done in the first few months of the current season. For example, for 1st base I’m going with Joey.

  9. @JerBear: If you are voting strictly for 2011, and you think Phillips is better than Weeks, you’re simply not looking at the numbers.

  10. Dave I looked at the numbers and was actually suprised cus I was thinking yeah Weeks probably deserves it. I’m looking at the numbers again right now. I guess it could go either way. I think what stood out for me for Phillips is that he has 8 more RBI and 6 less errors then Richie Weeks.

    But Weeks has 36 extra base hits to Phillips 23. He has stolen a few more bases also. He has 8 more HRs and a .360 OBP to .345. I love stats, but am not into all the new age stats either.

    I guess if you consider Milwaukee is in first place then you could give the edge to Weeks as well. So the intangibles are a factor too.

    I think in the end, how good is Brandon Phillips defense? I don’t see Weeks a lot, and I don’t know if Phillips defense is really as big a difference maker as it seems at times, or whether the his flashy highlight plays are just what they are. Like a sweet dunk in an NBA game. It still only counts for two. I’m guessing it’s a bit of both. He defense is very good, but maybe the flashiness makes us think he’s more valuable defensively then he is defensively. I think I am talking in circles right now.

    Maybe Neil Walker should get the nod in the end.

  11. @JerBear: The big difference is Weeks is slugging nearly 100 points higher.

  12. @dn4192:

    I guess if being on pace for 100 runs, 90 rbi’s, .290+ avg. and the best defense in the game doesn’t make you an all-star 2nd baseman i’m not sure what will.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

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