Barring an unexpected last-minute push, Adrian Gonzalez will not start for the National League at the upcoming All-Star Game.
The Dodgers first baseman trails Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt by more than two million votes (5,867,602 to 3,329,716) in the last update provided today by MLB. He and Yasmani Grandal, who is a distant fourth among NL catchers, are the only Dodgers among the top-five vote getters at their position.
Joc Pederson is sixth, and Yasiel Puig is 14th, among NL outfielders. The top three outfielders on the fan ballot will start the game on July 14 in Cinncinati.
Voting continues online until July 2. Between now and then, only one more vote count will be announced by the league. That will happen a week from today.
The full updated voting results are below:
A reminder: The top three outfielders will start the game, as will the top vote-getter at the other five positions. Here is the most recently updated vote tally:
Alex Guerrero isn’t in the starting lineup for the Dodgers’ first game this season in an American League park, where they can use a designated hitter. (Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, Texas — With Justin Turner promoted to everyday third baseman status
, Alex Guerrero
is arguably the best hitter remaining on the Dodgers’ bench.
Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo throws right-handed. Guerrero (a right-handed hitter) is slashing .286/.322/.655 in 90 plate appearances against right-handed pitchers this season.
Yet Alberto Callaspo is playing third base instead. Callaspo (a switch hitter) is slashing .250/.331/.310 against right-handed pitchers this season.
So why is Callaspo in the lineup and Guerrero isn’t?
“It came down to Adrian (Gonzalez) or (Guerrero). Really, once JT plays first, then it’s a matchup between Callaspo and Alex,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “If Alex, I felt, was a better matchup, I probably would’ve played him at third.”
Justin Turner is playing first base, while Adrian Gonzalez will get a day as the Dodgers’ designated hitter. Here’s the complete lineup: