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Nationals still lagging behind in All-Star balloting

The league released its latest National League All-Star fan balloting update, and the results remain bleak for the Nationals. Only catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who is third behind Yadier Molina and Brian McCann, ranks in the top at his position. Rodriguez is about 240,000 votes behind Molina.

The Nationals best case to make the showcase is Ryan Zimmerman, who trails at least Placido Polanco, David Wright, Chipper Jones, Casey McGehee and Scott Rolen in third base voting. Zimmerman, first baseman Adam Dunn and outfielder Josh Willingham entered the day ranked in the NL's top 11 in OPS.

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 15, 2010; 12:06 PM ET
 
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It should be noted the Pudge did go up a spot (last week's results had Pudge in 4th place, following the leapfrog of McCann from 4th to 2nd). The Nats need to run some promotion (and advertise it!) to get people to vote en-mass. I have ~250 ballots at home (haven't counted the exact number, it's somewhere between 200-300, likely closer to 300). I won't be back at the ballpark until Sunday, when I plan to turn those in and get a bunch more. You know that folks in other parks are doing this so we need to do it too. The Nats should have more than one representative this year!

Posted by: LurkerNowPoster | June 15, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and a footnote to my comment above--that second representative should not be Strasburg.

Posted by: LurkerNowPoster | June 15, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Based soley on MLB leader stats, and not any home-town love, the Nats have 8 players (Capps, Clippard, Livo, Zim, Dunn, Pudge, Guz and Willingham), who really have qualified for the game. But aside from Capps and maybe Zim, not sure anyone else makes it. Maybe Pudge. On Stras I'm thinking probably not.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 15, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday:

"The Washington Nationals today announced the following information about their upcoming series at Nationals Park against the Chicago White Sox.

* Reigning NL Player of the Week Stephen Strasburg and All-Star left-hander Mark Buehrle are slated to start the series opener on Friday. Below are the probable pitchers for the entire series (subject to change).

Fri., June 18 vs. CWS (7:05 pm) -- LHP Mark Buehrle vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg

Sat., June 19 vs. CWS (4:10 pm) -- RHP Gavin Floyd vs. RHP J.D. Martin

Sun., June 20 vs. CWS (1:35 pm) -- RHP Freddy Garcia vs. LHP John Lannan

* Saturday’s game vs. Chicago-AL has been changed to a 4:10 pm start and will be broadcast on Fox."

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 15, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

OK, I can see ESPN getting this wrong, but the Post??
Somebody's foxtrotting with us.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 15, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

The Post gets things wrong all the time. For instance, they said they were going to have a Strasburg poster in last Sunday's paper and it was nothing more than a glorified flyer, like something you'd find stuck under your windshield wiper. Not a poster by any stretch of the imagination.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 15, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

the press release is still up:

http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20100614&content_id=11180056&vkey=pr_was&fext=.jsp&c_id=was

Friday.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 15, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

If they didn't still have Barry Svrluga's name on the blog link, I'd think they were messing with us.


OK, now I'm messing with them. They took that link down weeks ago. Months, even.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 15, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Have to assume the press release trumps all other sources. Nats home page still says "tbd"; but then, it often lags in its updating. Imagine the furor if the rotation WAS jiggered back a day!

Posted by: Slidell | June 15, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=bat&lg=all&qual=y&type=6&season=2010&month=0

Fangraphs has Zim leading the whole NL in WAR among position players, 0.7 ahead of Wright, the closest 3B (which is a pretty decent margin for WAR). Sure, Wright is a star in a big market, and I guess Rolen and Chipper have tenure, but Polanco? McGehee?

We can do better for one of the most valuable players in the game.

Posted by: 202character | June 15, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Or for non-statheads, he's a great fielder at a pretty important position, and one of the best hitters in the league regardless of position.

Lots of other players deserve runs, notably Pudge who not only is having a great season but has the long-time-star status that matters a lot for these games.

Posted by: 202character | June 15, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Doveline, seems to that you're looking at this Nats colored glasses.

Guzman? Not a chance. .327 OBP? 9th among NL 2B's in OPS?

Clippard? Compare him to other middle relievers, you couldn't put him in the top 3, hard to say he deserves it.

Capps? Among saves leaders, he got the highest ERA, WHIP and BAA. He's also right up there in Blown Saves. One of the top 5 closers? No way.

Livo? Good ERA, yeah. Not in the top 15 in WHIP or BAA. Bad walk to K ratio, high home run total, low in the total number of innings pitched. Hard to make a case for him.

I'm all for Nats in the ASG. I'm looking for Zimm and Pudge, hopefully Dunn and would love to see Willingham make it. That's all we got that's deserving.

Posted by: Sunderland | June 15, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I know Desmond has no chance this year, but he is tied for 2nd in RBI's among NL shortstops and that's hitting primarily out of the 7/8 spots in the order. Uribe (SF) is 1st and Hanley Ramirez is tied with Desmond. Both of those guys are middle of the order hitters. Pretty impressive start for Desmond.

Posted by: slewis1 | June 15, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

+40 votes for Zim, Pudge, Willingham and Dunn (though it's ridiculously homer-ish to pick him over Pujols, really).

Also, for those voting, when picking OFs, don't forget, they all count, so to maximally help Willingham, vote only for him - that way he gets votes while nobody else does.

Posted by: Highway295Revisited | June 15, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Information for upcoming series vs. Chicago White Sox
Strasburg-Buehrle matchup slated for Friday, Saturday's game changed to 4:10 pm start

Nationals Headlines

The Washington Nationals today announced the following information about their upcoming series at Nationals Park against the Chicago White Sox.

* Reigning NL Player of the Week Stephen Strasburg and All-Star left-hander Mark Buehrle are slated to start the series opener on Friday. Below are the probable pitchers for the entire series (subject to change).

Fri., June 18 vs. CWS (7:05 pm) -- LHP Mark Buehrle vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg
Sat., June 19 vs. CWS (4:10 pm) -- RHP Gavin Floyd vs. RHP J.D. Martin
Sun., June 20 vs. CWS (1:35 pm) -- RHP Freddy Garcia vs. LHP John Lannan

* Saturday's game vs. Chicago-AL has been changed to a 4:10 pm start and will be broadcast on Fox.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 15, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

>>Capps? Among saves leaders, he got the highest ERA, WHIP and BAA. He's also right up there in Blown Saves. One of the top 5 closers? No way.

Unless Capps implodes over the next few weeks he is the one Nats Shoe-in for the All Star game. Book it. For closers they only look at 1 stat, saves and he leads. Period.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 15, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

More national Nationals love: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=5287694

Posted by: Bethesdangit1 | June 15, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

One thing that's helpful (and overlooked) is that the AS game is in Anaheim, so there's an extra starting bat. I forget... can someone remind me how they pick the NL DH starter? Manager's selection from one of his bench players? If Dunn is top-10 OPS and selected by Manual for his bench, he could back his way into the starting lineup that way.

Posted by: natinbeantown | June 15, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I've been doing my part with the balloting. I have a big stack of punched ballots that I'll drop off at Nats Park this weekend. I agree with Lurker Now Poster re. Strasburg.

In other news, we were in Cleveland over the weekend (a family visit planned months ago). Went to the Saturday game but had a preexisting commitment for Sunday and didn't get to see The Main Event. Oh well. Despite the outcome on Saturday, we did enjoy the atmosphere at the "throwback" game. I thought Cleveland did a great job with the scoreboard graphics, music, and other (non-baseball) aspects, and it's always interesting to see the throwback unis (though I may have told my husband one time too many how nice Acta looked in his uni. Oops. :-))

I'd not been to the park before and liked it overall, though it won't threaten my faves.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 15, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I just hope the Nats get more than the obligatory one player on the team.

Zim deserves it. Pudge, too, based on his rep as well as his season stats.

If Stras is like, 6-0, the pressure would be on Charley Manuel to pick him, but that would probably knock off Zim or Pudge.

I don't share dovelevine's certainty that Capps will be an All Star. But you never know until it's announced.

Posted by: nats24 | June 15, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

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