Astros, Braves Dominating All-Star Voting
If you look at the top three vote getters at various positions for the All-Star Game, you'll find the two leagues have something in common.
Astros and Braves fans have been busy.
Each league has one team that is in the mix at every position.
The Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves may not be leading at every position, but their players are getting plenty of votes.
Houston's Jose Altuve, deservedly, leads all AL players on the ballot with over 3.4 million votes. No one is close to him. But, at other positions, Astros are everywhere in the voting.
Brian McCann is third among catchers, Yuli Gurriel is second in the balloting at first base. Same for Carlos Correa at shortstop and Alex Bregman at third. Correa is in a tight race with Baltimore's Manny Machado, while Bergman is second to Jose Ramirez.
In the outfield, no Astros are in the top three, understandable considering Mookie Betts, Mike Trout and Aaron Judge are leading the balloting. But George Springer is right behind in fourth place, Marwin Gonzales is seventh and Josh Reddick is eighth.
Meanwhile, in the National League, Braves fans are making their presence known as well.
Freddie Freeman leads all of the ballots in the National League and is entrenched at first base. Catcher Kurt Suzuki is third in the balloting but is within striking distance of Buster Posey. Ozzie Albies has a narrow lead over Cincinnati's Scooter Gennett and the Cubs' Javier Baez. The Giants' Brandon Crawford leads at shortstop, with Atlanta's Dansby Swanson a close second. And, Johan Camargo is running third at third base, where Colorado's Nolan Arenado leads.
In the outfield, Atlanta's Nick Markakis is leading the balloting, while Ronald Acuna Jr and Ender Inciarte are in fifth and sixth place. Both have an outside shot at cracking the top three.