Vote NOW: 4 Sox in running to start ASG
Phase 2 of voting for All-Star starters is underway, and Rafael Devers, Alex Verdugo, J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts need your help to get to the 2021 Midsummer Classic in Denver.
To advance to Phase 2 of voting, players had to be in the top three at all positions except the outfield, where they needed to be in the top nine. The vote totals from Phase 1 don't carry over to Phase 2.
You can vote NOW up until Thursday at 2 p.m. ET. The All-Star starters will be announced on Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Pitchers and reserves will be revealed on July 4 at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN. The All-Star Game is July 13 on FOX.
This year’s All-Star Game will take place at Coors Field on July 13.
Bogaerts, Boston’s longest-tenured player, is having another productive season at the plate.
Devers has taken his game to another level at the age of 24. The left-handed-hitting masher ranks second in MLB in extra base-hits and RBIs while leading the AL in doubles. Devers leads AL third basemen in hits, runs, homers, slugging percentage, OPS, total bases and wRC+ and is tied for the lead in fWAR.
“It would feel great,” said Devers of possibly becoming an All-Star. “Obviously that’s something that every player wants to be some day. Obviously be a starter in the All-Star Game, that’s what they call it. It’s an All-Star Game. It would be very special if I was able to be the starting third baseman for that game.”
Martinez hasn’t been able to maintain his sizzling start to the season, but he’s been very solid. Heading into Sunday's action, he ranked in the top 20 in the AL in batting average (8th, .301), OBP (19th, .360), SLG (12th, .534), OPS (13th, .894), runs (T-8th, 50), hits (8th, 84), doubles (T-5th, 19), XBH (T-9th, 35), and total bases (T-9th, 149).
And he’s been excellent with runners in scoring position (.343, 1.044 OPS) and even better with runners in scoring position and two outs (.423 average, 1.430 OPS).
Then there is Verdugo, who just grinds it out every day on both sides of the ball.
Boston’s No. 2 hitter started Sunday tied for third in the AL in multihit games. He is tied for fourth among AL outfielders in hits, tied for third in runs, is eighth in average and has the fourth-lowest strikeout percentage among the group. His 24 opposite-field hits lead the Red Sox.
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