All-Star voting ends in just a little over 12 hours, at 10:59 p.m. CT Thursday — and as of this morning, Willson Contreras took over the lead from Buster Posey for the starting catcher for the National League:
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As you can see, Javier Baez is getting close to catching Ozzie Albies for the starting nod at second base, just 112,000 votes behind.
Contreras’ offensive numbers have improved recently. Over his last eight games he’s hitting .444/.484/.667 (12-for-27) with a double, a triple and a home run, and overall for the season he’s passed Buster Posey in bWAR (2.8 to 2.3).
While Ozzie Albies is having a fine season, leading the league in runs, doubles and total bases, so is Baez at .286/.321/.555 with 16 home runs, 61 RBI, 15 stolen bases and a resume full of exciting plays in the field and on the basepaths, including Wednesday’s steal of home:
It seems likely that both Baez and Contreras will be selected to the N.L. All-Star team even if they’re not elected as starters, but you have the chance to help keep Willson ahead of Buster, and put Javy over the top.
Here’s the link to vote. You’ve got just a few hours left.