First there was the news that Miles Mikolas had been selected, which was followed by Yadier Molina being named an injury replacement, and there is still hope that Matt Carpenter could join his teammates in the MLB All-Star Game, but it will be an uphill climb.
Carpenter is one of ten players, five in each league, to be under consideration for the MLB Final Vote by fans, who can make their selections until 3pm CT on Wednesday.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Milwaukee first baseman Jesús Aguilar was leading Brandon Belt (Giants), Max Muncy (Dodgers), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Carpenter in the balloting.
The Cardinals witnessed the power of Aguilar up close on their recent road trip in Milwaukee and on the season, he leads the National League in home runs (23), slugging (.639) and OPS (1.007). Aguilar also ranks third in RBIs (64) and is 10th in batting average (.305).
By comparison, Trea Turner has been the leader amongst shortstops in WAR and Defensive Rating (FanGraps.com) this season. Belt won the Final Vote in 2016 and leads all first basemen in defensive runs saved in 2018.
But since May 16th, it’s hard to find a hotter hitter than Carpenter as he’s hit .330 (T7th-MLB) and raised his batting average from .140 to .258. He’s also hit a Major League-leading 34 extra base hits, 20 doubles and leads the National League with 41 runs in that stretch.
Carpenter is also among the MLB leaders in home runs (14, T7th) and hits (62, T4th) and slugging .660 (5th) during that period.
He will have the chance to further his cause tonight, as Carpenter will again be batting leadoff for the Cardinals…
Today's #STLCards lineup (7/10)
J. Martínez DH
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