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Houston Astros Have Seven All-Star Game Finalists

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The Houston Astros have been the most dominant team in MLB over the last several weeks. On Sunday, the finalists for the 2021 All-Star Game were announced, and the Astros have a league’s best seven finalists to start in Colorado possibly.

Houston Astros All-Star Finalist

Catcher – Martin Maldonado

Martin Maldonado has taken the bulk of the catching duty this season, and rightfully so. The eleven-year veteran will be looking to make his first All-Star Game appearance in his career. Known for his defense, Maldonado has one of the highest fielding percentages this season for a catcher at .994. A former Gold Glove winner in 2017, Maldonado has also thrown out ten runners this season which ranks him fifth in the league.

First Base – Yuli Gurriel

Yuli Gurriel has turned it on both at the plate and the field this season. In 299 plate appearances this season, Gurriel is has a batting average of .337, which ranks him fourth in the league. Along with his ten home runs and fifty-two RBIs, Gurriel has been more patient at the plate and has been drawing more walks at thirty-one so far. His career-high for walks is thirty-seven back in 2019. Gurriel is currently second in the voting behind Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Second Base – Jose Altuve

Jose Altuve will be looking for his seventh All-Star appearance in 2021. In 307 plate appearances this season, Altuve is batting .296, with seventeen home runs (tied for 13th in the league) and forty-one RBIs. Most of his success this season at the plate is his batting in the lead-off spot in the batting order. Altuve is currently second in voting behind Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien.

Shortstop – Carlos Correa

Carlos Correa will be seeking his second All-Star appearance. Currently sitting third in the voting behind the Boston Red Sox Xander Bogaerts and Toronto Blue Jays Bo Bichette, Correa has been tearing it up at the plate this season. Batting .305, with fifteen home, runs forty-eight RBIs in 316 plate appearances this season. Not to mention, Correa is currently tenth in league with a .939 OPS. Correa is currently in the final year of his contract, so an All-Star appearance would definitely help his stock this offseason.

Third Base – Alex Bregman

Alex Bregman is looking to make his third straight All-Star appearance. Bregman was placed on the 10-day IL on June 16th with a strained left quadriceps while running to first base against the Texas Rangers. Manager Dusty Baker said after the game that there isn’t a timetable table for his return. Before going on the 10-day IL, Bregman batted .275 with thirty-four RBIs and seven home runs.

Outfield – Michael Brantley

Michael Brantley has been having an unbelievable season. Brantley is making a strong case to be a starter in Colorado as he is currently leading the league with a .349 batting average with thirty RBIs. Over the last seven days, Brantley is batting .429 with a 1.055 OPS. Brantley has been very productive at the plate with twenty-eight extra-base hits this season.

Designated Hitter – Yordan Alvarez

Yordan Alvarez is looking to make his first All-Star appearance since getting called up to the big leagues in 2019. The former 2019 Rookie of the Year, Alvarez is one of the most premier hitters in the league. This season alone, Alvarez is batting .302, which is the eleventh best in the league.

With Phase One of the voting concluded, Phase Two will open up on Monday, June 28th. To get your favorite Astros to the All-Star Game in Colorado, click on the link to vote.

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Jeff "Rip" Griffin is a current MLB writer covering the Houston Astros. Rip is also the host of The Rip Griffin Show on Apple Podcasts. Rip holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, focusing in Sports Management from the University of Houston - Victoria.