ST. LOUIS -- Seven-time All-Star Yadier Molina remains locked in a tight race to make the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard and will need some help to avoid being left off of the team for a second consecutive year.Two Cardinals, Kolten Wong and William Fowler, join the catcher in
ST. LOUIS -- Seven-time All-Star Yadier Molina remains locked in a tight race to make the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard and will need some help to avoid being left off of the team for a second consecutive year.
Two Cardinals, Kolten Wong and William Fowler, join the catcher in the top five of their respective positions on the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.
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Currently in third place, as revealed with the ballot's fourth update on Monday, Molina has received around 100,000 fewer votes than the Cubs' Willson Contreras. The Giants' Buster Posey has built a significant lead in first place.
Last year was the first time since 2008 that Molina was left off the team. He has started in 57 of 68 games this season and began the week in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak, with solo home runs in each of the team's last two games.
Wong is in fifth place at second base, despite being placed on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday for the second time in less than a month. In his limited time in the starting lineup from June 9-14, Wong had a six-game hitting streak and hit .450, with four doubles and three RBIs.
In eleventh place among outfielders, Fowler is in the midst of a hot streak. He has homered in each of his past four games and has 13 on the season, which is tied for the most on the team with Matt Carpenter. In addition to his performance at the plate, .254/.344/.500 on the year, Fowler continues to make incredible catches, including robbing Jonathan Schoop of a home run in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.
Missing from the top five at his position is Carpenter, the Cardinals' first baseman who has been incredibly successful offensively since taking over the leadoff role from Fowler. Carpenter continues to lead the team in RBIs (38) and OBP (.377) after bringing his average up from .209 to .246 since the lineup change on June 7.
Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 29, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.
Following the announcement of the 2017 All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. Then on Tuesday, July 11, while watching the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
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Alaina Getzenberg is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis.