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Mets and the All-Star Game

It's pretty safe to say that Mike Pelfrey will be in Anaheim next month for the All-Star Game. But will the Mets have a starter voted into the game? Probably not.

Major League Baseball released the latest voting numbers Tuesday.

First base
Albert Pujols, St. Louis -- 1,549,941
Next: Ryan Howard, Philadelphia -- 761,852
The skinny: Pujols will be the starter.

Second base
Chase Utley, Philadelphia -- 1,573,248
Next: Martin Prado, Atlanta -- 595,250
The skinny: Utley, like Pujols, is a lock as the starter.

Third base
Placido Polanco, Philadelphia -- 726,324
Next: David Wright, Mets -- 550,935
The skinny: The gap is fairly close. Who deserves it? Polanco is batting .319 with five home runs and 23 RBI. Wright is batting .283 with 10 home runs and 39 RBI. I'd take Wright between the two. But Scott Rolen of Cincinnati, Casey McGehee of Milwaukee and Ryan Zimmerman are also having solid seasons.

Hanley Ramirez, Florida -- 835,275
Next: Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia -- 792,987
Mets: Jose Reyes (fifth overall in current voting) -- 357,502
The skinny: This race is close. Ramirez is batting .286 with nine home runs and 31 RBI. Rollins has been injured most of the season, playing in just 12 games.

Yadier Molina, St. Louis -- 762,875
Next: Brian McCann, Atlanta -- 676,400
The skinny: This is a real tight race beyond the first two players in the voting. Carlos Ruiz of the Phillies has 604,192 votes and Ivan Rodriguez of the Washington Nationals has 577,022 votes.

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee -- 1,017,266; Jason Heyward, Atlanta -- 1,008,451; Andre Ethier, Los Angeles -- 985,305
Next: Jayson Werth, Philadelphia -- 901,978
Mets: Jason Bay (10th overall in current voting) -- 500,247
The skinny: Braun and Heyward will be starters. Ethier, Werth and possibly Shane Victorino of the Phillies (819,976) will battle for the final spot.


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