Astros All-Stars: Keep voting for Altuve, Correa, and Springer
By Eric Huysman
The deadline for the voting for the MLB All-Star voting is this Thursday, and three Astros are in the lead.
With only three days left, it is not the time to be complacent and not vote Astros fans. Jose Altuve has a nice sizeable lead at second base over Starlin Castro, who will hit the DL today. Altuve has 2,925,041 votes ahead of Castro’s 1,737,446 votes. That’s almost 1,187,595 more votes than Castro.
The one surprise with the All-Star voting is that Robinson Cano is not in the top five with the fan voting. He did miss some time with an injury, but he is batting .279 with 13 homers and 51 RBIs. The Mariners are way behind the Astros in the standings, but Cano shouldn’t be that far behind Altuve. Maybe the torch has been passed to Altuve as the king at second.
Correa vs. Lindor again.
There is a close battle at shortstop between Correa and Francisco Lindor. Correa is leading with 2,229,041 votes ahead of Lindor’s 1,648,532 votes. That is a slim 580,509 lead for Correa with a few days left. This is the real Correa batting .303 with 14 homers and 48 RBIs. You might wonder why he doesn’t have more RBIs, but Springer and Altuve drive themselves in too much.
After a hot start, Lindor has slowed down, batting .251 with 14 homers and 33 RBIs. These two will be forever compared because of the tight Rookie of the Year race in 2015. Correa came out on top then and should come on top now as well.
In Springer we trust!
In Houston, Astros fans love Springer. Remember last year when it was Michael Saunders versus Springer for the final vote? The city of Houston took on a whole country and loss, but Springer deserved to make that team. Guess what, he’s even better this year playing for a great team. Fans across baseball are grouping him with Aaron Judge and Mike Trout. Springer sits in the third and final slot for the AL outfield.
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Springer deserves to be an All-Star, but he only holds a slim 293,912 lead ahead of Michael Brantley. With three days left, Springer has 1,619,385 votes compared to Brantley’s 1,325,473. Brantley is batting .296 with five homers and 28 RBIs in only 54 games. Last year, Brantley played in only 11 games with the Indians. He is now officially injury prone.
Springer is second in the AL with 22 homers as a leadoff hitter, batting .282 with 47 RBIs. While Springer has tons of speed, he has not been able to steal much in his MLB career. Last year, Springer played in all 162 games and has played in 71 of 77 games this season. No offense to Brantley, but Springer deserves the start over him.
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With Trout’s status up in the air, another outfielder could get in. If Brantley is voted in, the Springer could be selected to replace Trout. However, let’s not give other fans the chance to vote their guys in this year. Springer would be a favorite in a final vote contest, but let’s do it right the first time. #VoteAstros!
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***