Phillips, Mesoraco need late push in All-Star vote
Second baseman, catcher rank fifth in latest National League ballot update
The fifth National League All-Star fan balloting update was released on Monday night, and the two Reds who have been represented in the top five at their respective positions since voting began continue to maintain that status in the most recent polling, though they haven't gained on those in front of them.
Brandon Phillips is currently fifth among NL second basemen with 798,784 votes, while teammate Devin Mesoraco is fifth among catchers with 679,745 votes.
Phillips, making a bid for his fourth All-Star selection, is hitting .274 with 19 doubles, five home runs and 33 RBIs. Defensively, he's been stellar, leading the league's second basemen in fielding percentage (.997) and ranking second among NL second basemen with a 2.6 ultimate zone rating, an advanced metric that measures how many runs a player has saved with his defense.
Phillips -- who is day to day with a bruised right heel and was not in the lineup for Cincinnati's series opener with the Cubs in Chicago Monday night -- trails Chase Utley of the Phillies (2,090,110), Neil Walker of the Pirates (1,328,959), Dee Gordon of the Dodgers (1,129,759) and Rickie Weeks of the Brewers (849,316). He fell from fourth place to fifth place since the fourth balloting update was released on June 15.
Mesoraco is seeking his first All-Star selection and he continues to perform well at the plate. Despite missing 23 games with two stints on the disabled list, the 26-year old is batting .310 with 12 home runs and 34 RBIs. Going into Monday's series opener against the Cubs, Mesoraco was hitting .357 (5-for-14) with two doubles, three homers and six RBIs over his previous four games.
Mesoraco trails Yadier Molina of the Cardinals (2,600,853), Jonathan Lucroy of the Brewers (1,911,745), Buster Posey of the Giants (1,709,685) and Evan Gattis of the Braves (1,055,119).
One member of the Reds that remains absent from the list of top five vote-getters at his position is Todd Frazier, who going into Monday's action led NL third basemen in home runs (17), slugging percentage (.506), stolen bases (6) and extra-base hits (29). He was also second among NL third basemen in RBIs (40) and fourth in on-base percentage (.340).
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
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Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
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Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.