Yadi needs late push to start in All-Star Game

Cardinals catcher in tight race with Giants' Posey in NL voting

June 29th, 2016

ST. LOUIS -- If Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is to earn his fifth career fan-elected All-Star Game selection, he's going to need a late boost of support.

With about 30 hours remaining before the voting for the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard closes, Major League Baseball announced that Giants catcher Buster Posey has leapfrogged Molina in the race for National League starting catcher. Molina, who led Posey by 5,130 votes as of Monday's update, trailed by 107,000 votes in Wednesday's update.

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Over the last two days, Posey received 51.5 percent more votes than Molina, who is seeking to be named to the NL All-Star team for the eighth consecutive season. Voting will remain open through 10:59 p.m. CT on Thursday. Molina and Posey have combined to win six of the last seven fan elections for NL catcher.

Molina, edged by Posey in last summer's voting, would become the third player in franchise history with five fan elections if he can overtake Posey in the final voting hours. Ozzie Smith (12) and Albert Pujols (5) are the other two Cardinals to hold that distinction.

Molina entered Wednesday's game against the Royals hitting .262 with 15 doubles, 26 RBIs and 26 runs scored. He was four shy of 1,5000 career hits, a mark reached by just 33 other catchers in MLB history. He's also caught more innings (589 1/3) than any other backstop in 2016.

Arguably the Cardinals' most deserving All-Star, Matt Carpenter, still needs a massive surge of support to overtake Chicago's Kris Bryant and Colorado's Nolan Arenado in the third-base vote. As of Monday, Carpenter, with 882,135 votes, trailed Bryant by 1.6 million. Carpenter had hit safely in 18 of 21 games this month and led the Majors in OPS (1.012) entering Wednesday's game against the Royals.

Other Cardinals players cracking the voting leaderboard this week included Brandon Moss, ranked fifth among NL first basemen; Stephen Piscotty, ranked 10th among NL outfielders; and Matt Holliday, ranked 12th among NL outfielders.

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