Voting for the MLB All-Star Game has progressed to the final round. The top three most voted on players at each position in each league, minus pitchers, have received spots on the final ballot. There will now be one last round of voting, which will last until July 1, and the winner at each position will be granted a starting spot in the lineup for the MLB All-Star Game. There are two players on the New York Yankees that are on the final ballot for their positions. They are DJ LeMahieu for second base and Aaron Judge in the outfield.
MLB All-Star Game Finalist: DJ LeMahieu
LeMahieu is one of the three MLB All-Star Game finalists for the American League at the second base position along with Marcus Semien of the Toronto Blue Jays and Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros. LeMahieu has not been as good this season so far for the Yankees as he has been the last couple of years, but he has still been productive enough to earn his spot on the final ballot. He has pretty much been the everyday lead-off hitter in the Yankees lineup as has done a good job at setting the table for the sluggers behind him.
LeMahieu is currently slashing .274/.346/.378 with a .725 OPS and a 1.3 WAR. He has recorded seven home runs and ten doubles while registering 29 RBIs and 41 runs scored. He has been consistent this season while also trending in the right direction. His month of June has been his best month of the season so far and there is good reason to believe that he will continually improve throughout the summer. It will be difficult for him to beat out both Semien and Altuve in the voting, but he is on the final ballot for the MLB All-Star Game and has a shot to be selected as a starter.
MLB All-Star Game Finalist: Aaron Judge
The voting for the MLB All-Star game does not separate the three different positions in the outfield but rather just has nine finalists in total for three outfield starters. Judge will be battling for one of those three starting spots along with Mike Trout, Byron Buxton, Michael Brantley, Adolis Garcia, Teoscar Hernandez, Cedric Mullins, Alex Verdugo, and Randal Grichuk. Trout and Buxton are both currently injured and unlikely to participate even if they do win the vote.
Judge has a really good shot to be one of the starters in the outfield for the American League due to the very productive season that he is having. So far this year he is slashing .285/.381/.513 with a .894 OPS and a 2.5 WAR. He has hit 17 home runs and ten doubles to go along with 40 RBI and 43 runs scored. He currently ranks in the top 25 in the entire American League in batting average, home runs, OBP, slugging, and OPS. Even if Judge is not voted in as the starter, he will almost definitely be chosen as a reserve player.
MLB All-Star Game: Pitchers
The pitching staff for the MLB All-Star Game is not voted on the same way that they positional players are. Instead, the pitchers are selected through a combination of a player ballot and the commissioner office. It is unknown exactly who will be chosen, but it is almost a guarantee that Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman will make the final roster.
Cole is in the top five in the American League in almost every major pitching statistic and has a real chance to not only make the team but to be named the starting pitcher. Chapman has been one of the most dominant relievers in baseball and deserves a spot in the bullpen. The two of them will more than likely be a part of the American League pitching staff for the MLB All-Star game representing the New York Yankees.
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