Major League Baseball has released four All-Star balloting updates, and the Pirates have yet to make a single appearance.The latest National League All-Star balloting update was released Monday by MLB, and the Pirates remained without a representative among the leading position players despite second baseman Josh Harrison's bounceback season and
Major League Baseball has released four All-Star balloting updates, and the Pirates have yet to make a single appearance.
The latest National League All-Star balloting update was released Monday by MLB, and the Pirates remained without a representative among the leading position players despite second baseman Josh Harrison's bounceback season and recent hot streaks by center fielder Andrew McCutchen and shortstop Jordy Mercer.
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Harrison, who is slashing .298/.365/.456 with eight home runs entering Monday's series opener in Milwaukee, is tied for second among National League second basemen with 1.9 Wins Above Replacement, according to FanGraphs. Harrison trails only the Nationals' Daniel Murphy (2 WAR), the ballot leader among NL second basemen, yet he is not among the top five vote-getters at second base.
McCutchen's overall .257/.332/.466 slash line this season is not up to his pre-2016 standard, but he is moving in the right direction. McCutchen is hitting .377/.456/.701 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 21 games since he was dropped to the sixth spot in the lineup. He is not among the top 15 outfielders in the latest round of All-Star balloting.
Mercer has also been swinging a hot bat lately, and his 1.4 WAR ranks third among NL shortstops behind the Reds' Zack Cozart and the Dodgers' Corey Seager. After hitting his sixth homer on Sunday, Mercer is batting .279/.356/.421 on the year. Over his last 30 games, Mercer is batting .357 with a .968 OPS.
The Pirates' most deserving All-Stars play the one position for which fans cannot vote, however. Ivan Nova is 7-4 with a 2.91 ERA in 96 innings over 14 starts, and he's pitched at least six innings every time out this season. Left-hander Felipe Rivero has posted a 0.72 ERA with 41 strikeouts and a 0.72 WHIP in 37 1/3 innings over 36 appearances. Rivero has recorded three saves, all of at least four outs, since Tony Watson was demoted to lower-leverage work.
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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