CHICAGO -- The second returns on the All-Star voting showed little movement for the Marlins, but their leading candidates aren't out of the race just yet.While the Marlins have surged, entering their series with the Cubs having won seven of their last eight, two of the team's outfielders sit within
CHICAGO -- The second returns on the All-Star voting showed little movement for the Marlins, but their leading candidates aren't out of the race just yet.
While the Marlins have surged, entering their series with the Cubs having won seven of their last eight, two of the team's outfielders sit within striking distance of the final outfielder spot in the 2017 All-Star Game, though they're going to need a similar surge of their own at some point.
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The second returns showed Giancarlo Stanton -- a three-time All-Star (2012, 14-15) -- is seventh in the voting for National League outfielders, totaling 398,569 votes. That puts him fewer than 100,000 votes behind Jason Heyward, who is in third. For reference, the margin between Heyward and Charlie Blackmon -- who sits one spot above him -- is nearly 500,000 votes.
In addition to Stanton, the Marlins also have Marcell Ozuna in eighth on that same list. Ozuna, who was a first-time selection last season, has been having a massive season, slashing .325/.390/.566 and entering the series against the Cubs with seven multi-hit games in his last nine starts.
Stanton, on the other hand, has started to heat up as the season has progressed. Entering Monday he'd tallied six runs in his last three games and had posted a 1.299 OPS for the month. Stanton's batting average, slugging percentage and OPS have also risen through each month of the season.
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Scott Chasen is a reporter with MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Marlins on Monday.