Kipnis, Brantley move up in All-Star voting
Second baseman is in third place, outfielder is sixth
CLEVELAND -- Second baseman Jason Kipnis and outfielder Michael Brantley have gained some ground on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, perhaps thanks in part to the "Vote Kipnis" and "Vote Brantley" messages recently painted onto the grass on the foul side of the first- and third-base lines at Progressive Field.
In Monday's latest update of the All-Star voting, Kipnis ranked third among American League second basemen after a fourth-place showing last week, while Brantley moved up to sixth among AL outfielders after placing seventh in the last wave of results.
Thanks in part to a historic May, Kipnis leads AL second basemen in hits (77), doubles (18, tied for first), triples (4), on-base percentage (.414), OPS+ (160) and Wins Above Replacement (3.7) in 47 games heading into play Monday.
Still, with 1,104,667 votes, Kipnis trails Houston's Jose Altuve (2,809,731 votes) and Kansas City's Omar Infante (2,650,416).
Brantley ranks second among AL outfielders in doubles (17), is tied for fourth in RBIs (33), ranks sixth in OPS+ (136) and has struck out just 15 times in 47 games.
Brantley's 1,466,472 votes leave him behind a trio of Kansas City outfielders in Lorenzo Cain (4,211,472), Alex Gordon (3,393,134) and Alex Rios (2,311,122), as well as reigning MVP Mike Trout (3,668,557) of the Angels and Baltimore's Adam Jones (1,995,897).
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