Ram?rez chasing Devers in ASG ballot update

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Voting is underway in the 2022 Chevrolet MLB All-Star Ballot Finals to decide who will start the 2022 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. You have until Friday at 2 p.m. ET to make your picks, so vote now.

The leading vote-getter in each league from Phase 1 of the voting — Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge in the American League and Braves outfielder Ronald Acu?a Jr. in the National League — has already received a spot in his team’s starting lineup at the 92nd Midsummer Classic at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 19.

In the AL, Shohei Ohtani must have impressed the voters with his performance in Miami on Wednesday, as the two-way star moved slightly ahead of Houston’s Yordan Alvarez at the DH spot. The second AL outfield slot is up for grabs, with Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton maintaining his slim lead over Toronto’s George Springer.

While on the NL side, the races for the starting spots in the left side of the NL infield are now in a statistical tie, with Cardinals Gold Glover Nolan Arenado catching up to the Padres’ Manny Machado at third, and Trea Turner, who hopes to start in L.A. at short, in a tight race with the Braves’ Dansby Swanson.

The winners of All-Star Ballot Finals will be revealed on the 2022 Chevrolet MLB All-Star Starters Reveal show Friday night on ESPN at 7 ET.

The pitchers and reserves for both squads — totaling 23 players for each side — will be determined via “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the Commissioner’s Office. The complete All-Star rosters will be announced during the 2022 Chevrolet MLB All-Star Selection Show on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

With time running out, here is an update on where the races stand for the remaining starting spots at each position.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Catcher
Alejandro Kirk, TOR: 74%
Jose Trevino, NYY: 26%

Kirk is one of six Blue Jays to make it to Phase 2, and along with teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr., he currently looks well positioned to earn a starting nod.

First base
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., TOR: 66%
Ty France, SEA: 34%

Even though Vlad hasn’t been quite as phenomenal this year compared to his 2021, he is looking good to make his second consecutive All-Star Game start.

Second base
Jose Altuve, HOU: 56%
Santiago Espinal, TOR: 44%

Altuve, looking to make his eighth All-Star Game appearance, continues to lead over Espinal, who is seeking his first trip to the Midsummer Classic.

Third base
Rafael Devers, BOS: 59%
Jos? Ram?rez, CLE: 41%

Both players rank among the top five in the AL in extra-base hits, total bases and OPS. Devers is vying for his second All-Star selection, while Ram?rez is going after his fourth.

Shortstop
Tim Anderson, CWS: 55%
Bo Bichette, TOR: 45%

Exciting players who are essential to their team’s success at the top of the lineup, both Anderson and Bichette reached their first All-Star Game last season.

Trout is having another sensational season and appears well on his way to his 10th All-Star selection. These four players are vying for two spots since Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge already secured his place in the starting lineup as the American League’s leading vote-getter during Phase 1.

Designated hitter
Shohei Ohtani, LAA: 51%
Yordan Alvarez, HOU: 49%

It only makes sense that the battle between Ohtani, the reigning AL MVP, and Alvarez, arguably the game’s best hitter right now, is a close race.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Catcher
Willson Contreras, CHC: 64%
Travis d’Arnaud, ATL: 36%

Contreras and d’Arnaud both rank among the offensive leaders at catcher in a number of key categories, but the Cubs’ backstop has a sizable lead.

First base
Paul Goldschmidt, STL: 67%
Pete Alonso, NYM: 33%

Alonso has 22 homers and an MLB-leading 69 RBIs for the first-place Mets, but Goldschmidt’s NL-leading .343 batting average and 1.047 OPS have him ahead by a comfortable margin so far.

Second base
Jazz Chisholm Jr., MIA: 58%
Ozzie Albies, ATL: 42%

Chisholm (right lower back strain) and Albies (fractured left foot) are both on the injured list, but Chisholm has a chance to be back by the Midsummer Classic. He’d be the fifth Marlins player to start the All-Star Game, joining Hanley Ramirez (three times), Stanton (twice), Marcell Ozuna (twice) and Gary Sheffield (once).

Third base
Manny Machado, SD: 50%
Nolan Arenado, STL: 50%

It’s a dead heat at the hot corner between a pair of perennial All-Stars. Machado is eyeing his third career start but first in the NL, while Arenado is looking to extend his starting streak to five.

Shortstop
Dansby Swanson, ATL: 50%
Trea Turner, LAD: 50%

The matchup at short is a close one as well, with Swanson and Turner each seeking his first All-Star start. After trailing in the first update, Turner is now in a dead heat with Swanson.

After Ronald Acu?a Jr. narrowly edged him out as the NL’s top vote-getter in Phase 1, thus earning an automatic spot in the NL’s starting lineup, Betts is on track to grab one of the two remaining starting outfield spots. Pederson, who started for the NL back in 2015, currently holds the lead for the other spot.

Designated hitter
Bryce Harper, PHI: 57%
William Contreras, ATL: 43%

Harper is out indefinitely with a fractured left thumb, but the injury hasn’t prevented him from keeping his lead over Contreras.