The Orioles’ Manny Machado is holding onto the American League starting shortstop spot for this month’s All-Star game, but the final vote is going to be close.
The 26-year old led the AL shortstop voting for a third-straight week with 1,272,233 points, topping the Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa (1,135,152) and the Indians’ Francisco Lindor (898,977).
But with just three days until voting closes and a 137,000 deficit between first and second-place, there is still a slight possibility that Astros fans give enough support for Correa to overtake Machado.
Correa gained more than 300,000 votes on Machado this week, despite moving to the disabled list.
Machado put together his best seven games of June this past week, capped off by a home run Sunday that helped land the Orioles to their only win since June 23. Machado collected 11 hits, two home runs and four RBI.
In the National League, Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has more than likely locked up his spot on the All-Star roster. With 2,457,648 votes, the former Oriole will join the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp and the Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper, if he can retain his 470,000-point lead over the Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon.
Despite his popularity among the fans, Markakis was never an All-Star with the Orioles. Over his 13-year career with the Orioles and Braves, he’s hit more than 170 home runs and driven in nearly 1,000 RBI.
C: Wilson Ramos, Rays, 1,556,195
1B: Jose Abreu, White Sox, 1,312,221
2B: Jose Altuve, 3,405,815, most in AL voting
3B: Jose Ramirez, Indians, 1,811,902
SS: Manny Machado, Orioles, 1,272,233
OF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox, 3,119,106
OF: Mike Trout, Angels, 2,666,972
OF: Aaron Judge, Yankees, 2,021,348
DH: J.D. Martinez, Red Sox, 2,236,945
C: Buster Posey, Giants, 1,384,631
1B: Freddie Freeman, Braves, 2,905,301
2B: Ozzie Albies, Braves, 1,857,185
3B: Nolan Arenado, Rockies, 2,326,711
SS: Brandon Crawford, Giants, 2,303,516
OF: Nick Markakis, Braves, 2,457,648
OF: Matt Kemp, Dodgers, 2,046,534
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals, 1,777,221