June 26, 2012
Joey Votto is clearly running away with the NL’s first base All Star position. So much so, that I think it’s easy to lose perspective. Here’s a couple facts to help increase the resolution on this number:
- Since last week’s tally, Votto has received over 1.3 million votes. The second-place vote getter has only 1.5 million votes for the entirety of the voting.
- Votto has about 3 times as many votes as the second-lace finisher, but he also has more votes than 2nd, 3rd, and 4th combined.
- If you were to try to single-handedly pull Lance Berkman into first place, it would take you 342 days of submitting one vote every 10 seconds, with no breaks for Skyline chili or sleeping.
So, I think Votto’s safe.
Brandon Phillips, on the other hand, is still lagging. He’s less than a million votes behind, but voting ends midnight Thursday. He really does deserve it, but with Tony LaRussa managing the NL team this year, he’s not likely to get in unless folks start putting in some serious clicking.
Have you done your clicking yet? All you have to do is go to MLB.com to fill out your ballot. You can vote 25 times per email address, and if you’re like me, you’ve got several email addresses, including one or two you would even give to MLB.
Tallies as of June 26, 2012:
- Joey Votto, Reds: 4,475,180
- Lance Berkman, Cardinals: 1,516,737
- Freddie Freeman, Braves: 1,462,586
- Brandon Belt, Giants: 1,291,982
- Ryan Howard, Phillies: 873,526
- Dan Uggla, Braves: 2,641,361
- Brandon Phillips, Reds: 1,870,966
- Jose Altuve, Astros: 1,479,652
- Rickie Weeks, Brewers: 1,202,051
- Omar Infante, Marlins: 1,093,119
- Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 4,118,524
- Carlos Beltran, Cardinals: 3,717,483
- Ryan Braun, Brewers: 3,168,617
- Melky Cabrera, Giants: 3,045,884
- Andre Ethier, Dodgers: 1,948,973
- Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 1,880,342
- Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: 1,685,543
- Angel Pagan, Giants: 1,613,948
- Hunter Pence, Phillies: 1,610,283
- Michael Bourn, Braves: 1,553,285
- Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: 1,506,613
- Shane Victorino, Phillies: 1,365,023
- Jason Heyward, Braves: 1,322,217
- Jay Bruce, Reds: 1,195,031
- Martin Prado, Braves: 1,142,946
To see the tallies for the other positions, you can go to this story on MLB.com and scroll all the way to the bottom.
June 26, 2012
W: Latos (6-2)
L: Gallardo (6-6)
S: No Thanks
The Reds got their winning streak up to 1 last night by beating the Brewers in the first game of the series.
Oh, Mat Latos. This was a performance we really, really liked. Let’s stop worrying about proving that it was worthwhile to trade for you and just keep pitching like that, huh? In 9.0 innings of work, Latos allowed 1 run (earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks. He struck out a career-high 13, giving all the fans at GABP free pizza and ice cream. A yummy performance all around.
And if that weren’t enough, Latos brought his bat as well. He went 2-for-3, though no one could seem to bring him in. Drew Stubbs, freshly off the DL, also went 2-for-3, but he also got to score 2 of the Reds’ 3 runs. Joey Votto, though hitless on the night, scored the other run thanks to a walk in the fourth inning.
The RBI belonged to Brandon Phillips (1) and Jay Bruce (2). The Reds didn’t hit any home runs last night, but that’s how the Brewer’s got their one run. Whatever.
The win brings the Reds’ record to 40-32. Game 2 against the Brewers is tonight at 7:10 p.m. when Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 4.19 ERA) defends against Marco Estrada (0-3, 4.50 ERA).
June 26, 2012
It was the Mat Latos show in the Reds’ 1-3 win over the Brewers last night. Not only did he go complete game and eliminate the opportunity for anyone to blow his save, the .130 hitter also went 2-for-3 at the plate, posting 2 of the team’s 7 hits.
Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 4.19 ERA) takes his turn on the mound against the Brewers’ Marco Estrada (0-3, 4.50 ERA). It will be Estrada’s first start since May thanks to a stint on the DL. First pitch at 7:10 p.m.
Stubbs Returns from DL
Drew Stubbs came off the DL for last night’s game, and he was the only guy other than Latos to contribute more than 1 hit. Baker was excited to get him into the line-up because of the spark he adds through his base-stealing. Though he only went 1-for-10 during his rehab assignment (and not getting on often has a negative impact on the running game), he was apparently just saving it up. He was 2-for-3 with a walk, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base.
Stubbs missed 8 games with a strained left oblique muscle before they put him retroactively on the 15-day DL on June 15. The Reds optioned Willy Harris to make room on the roster, which makes sense, since Harris is who they brought up when Stubbs got hurt in the first place.
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The Cardinals have strung together a 4-game win streak to pull themselves back into a tie for second in the NLC. The Pirates and Cardinals are both 2.0 games back.