Boston Red Sox Have No Players In All-Star Game After Latest Voting Update With Outfielder Mookie Betts Getting Surpassed By Michael Brantley Of The Cleveland Indians
The Boston Red Sox have zero players in the latest American League All-Star voting update with Indians outfielder Michael Brantley overtaking Mookie Betts for the third and final outfield spot in the American League.
This update means as of June 6th there is no member of the Red Sox in the starting lineup for the American League at next months MLB All-Star game. Just because there isn’t any members of the Boston Red Sox in there now doesn’t mean there isn’t still a chance for a Red Sox player to end up in the starting lineup. Voting for the All-Star game only ends on Thursday, June 29th at 11:59 p.m., so therefore Red Sox fans still have time to push on of their own back into the mix.
Betts was voted in the top 3 last season, but this year he has been very inconsistent for Boston with a .264 avg and 9 home runs and 33 RBIs, not exactly a stellar season so far for the young star. At the moment though Betts certainly has a shot to get back into the top 3 of outfield voting with Betts currently sitting at 519,146 total votes in the No. 4 spot trailing Brantley who has 554,620 votes in the No.3 spot.
Other notable members of the Boston Red Sox who are in the mix include outfielder Andrew Benintendi who at 416,461 votes which has him at the No.6 spot for American League outfielders. Benintendi’s statistics are close to Betts with the rookie batting .269 with 7 home runs and 30 RBIs.
The top two spots for outfielders in the American League are New York Yankees rookie standout Aaron Judge who sits at the No.1 spot with an impressive 1,251,543 votes passing Angels outfielder and perennial MVP Mike Trout who sits in the No.2 spot with 1,115,356 votes.
At the shortstop spot Xander Bogaerts was also bumped from the top three spot with Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius with Bogey only having 289,541 votes. Bogaerts has played very well this season as he has hit for contact with a .330 avg and leads Boston with 67 hits.
Those wondering of injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia‘s standing, he stays in fifth among American League second basemen with 213,804 votes. Pedroia before going down with an injury was batting .292 with 21 RBIs and 2 home runs. Pedroia is expected back in the weekend series against the Detroit Tigers and will be able to further build his case for the All-Star game.
It is important to note that the ballot only includes positional players and not pitchers. If you do want to see members of the Boston Red Sox at this years All-Star game you should vote, and vote often with MLB limiting voters to 5 votes for every 24 hours. But if you would rather have you start players resting during the break then carry on and decline to vote. The latter being the strategy I will be employing this All-Star voting season.