Kipnis, Brantley seek boost after All-Star update
CLEVELAND -- After a pair of surges by Indians players in last week's 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot voting update, Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley have lost some ground in this week's update.
Kipnis remains in third place among second baseman, trailing Kansas City's Omar Infante and Houston's Jose Altuve, though the gap between Kipnis and the leaders has grown, as he now trails Infante by nearly 3 million votes.
Kipnis leads all American League second baseman in batting average (.335), on-base percentage (.409), hits (83), triples (4), walks (28), OPS (.913) and Wins Above Replacement (3.7).
Brantley dropped from sixth place in last week's update to eighth place, being usurped by Detroit's Yoenis Cespedes and Toronto's Jose Bautista, while still trailing the trio of Kansas City outfielders (Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon and Alex Rios) as well as Angels' reigning MVP Mike Trout.
Brantley has got off to something of a slow June, but still leads all AL outfielders doubles (19) while ranking fifth in batting average (.301) and on-base percentage (.377), seventh in RBI (33) and eighth in OPS (.829) with the lowest strikeout rate of all qualified AL batters.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 11:59 p.m. ET. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.
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Following the announcement of the 2015 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of All-Star Week festivities.
The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.