All-Star voting update: Cabrera widens lead, Kinsler and V-Mart fall further behind

While the gap increased for Miguel Cabrera on his way to his second consecutive All-Star voting victory, the gap also opened on Ian Kinsler behind Robinson Cano at second base, as well as Victor Martinez behind Nelson Cruz and David Ortiz at designated hitter.

All three races headed into the final days of All-Star balloting online at MLB.com. Balloting ends Thursday evening at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Cabrera, looking to become just the fifth Tiger ever to be voted into the All-Star lineup multiple times, now has about 1.5 million votes more than his closest competitor at first base, White Sox rookie slugger Jose Abreu. Ivan Rodriguez was the most recent Tiger elected multiple times, voted as the starting catcher three times in a four-year span from 2004 to 2007. Lance Parrish and Lou Whitaker were both voted in three years in a row from 1984-86, while Bill Freehan was voted the starting catcher in 1970 and 1972.

Kinsler’s gap widened from nearly 670,000 last week to more than 871,000 votes now, despite a solid road trip in Texas that included a go-ahead home run with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday against the Astros.

Martinez sits just 120,000 votes behind Ortiz in balloting at DH, but both are about a million votes behind Cruz. At this point, the more realistic race could be which of the two earns a spot on the AL All-Star reserves. Martinez entered this week batting .323, 80 points above Ortiz, with an OPS advantage of 137 points.

21 Comments

Tigers playing 500 at home,
Bunting? Giving away outs is the surest way to kill a rally
Smyly as starter 3.93. Before yesterday he was second only of Sanchez in ERA among Tigers starters. He is not a reliever but a starter . Yes, he is still building strength and doing it faster than Porcello.

Agree on both counts.
To many “doom and gloom” comments on this blog anymore.

Man, you got that right. Very negative atmosphere and I don’t know why.
Also agree with El Tigre on both counts.

From lead-off to the bottom in 4 K
Davis LF
Kinsler 2B
Cabrera 1B
V. Martinez DH
Hunter RF
Castellanos 3B
Avila C
Suarez SS
Jackson CF
Sanchez P
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“He scuffled a little bit,” he said. “But I’m not sure — after one game — that it will possibly end him hitting leadoff.” Ausmus

Schmehl:”OF Andy Dirks (60-day DL) felt minor discomfort in his back last week and backed off a bit from his baseball activities.”

“Andy Dirks set to have a live batting practice session Wednesday, could be ready for a rehab assignment after that.” Iott
Beck :hamstring, not back

Remember Stephen Drew? 17 G, 60 AB, 0 HR, 2 RBI, .133 BA.

I never liked that plan…..now I’m really glad they didn’t get him. Good eh?

Not denying that guys need days off, I just question the ones he is choosing. To me the two worst performing players right now and guys who I don’t remember having a day off this year are Victor and Miggy

Victor sat once during the inter-league, entered as PH. Miguel was replaced during the game , inured or expelled, 10 times. But started every game

Here’s what I’ve always wondered …unless you are a guy who’s never gone to the Allstar game, do these guys really want to go? Wouldn’t they rather just have a couple days off?

Marcano Trillo refused to go more than once because he wanted to rest.

If I remember correctly, there was a rash of players not wanting to go some years ago, and MLB had to step in. Anyone remember that? That may have been before the “fan friendly” thing took hold. In other words, marketing with all involved.

“Victor Martinez scratched with back/side soreness. J.D. Martinez starts in his place.” Jason twitted

That would explain some things.

Yep…..Victor didn’t look himself.

VMart scratched? I’ll bet the offense explodes, due to irony

and FORGET the allstar game – what a bunch of crap that is. for all: league, players, fans

Just ask Fosse

there are players who get to the ASG who I want to get there….Inge was an example. But Miggy: FORGET IT.

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