By Mark Carlisle
After a slow start to 2018, Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt is a long-shot to start the All-Star Game. He’s not in the top five vote-getters for National League first baseman, a tally released Monday showed.
Goldschmidt has been an All-Star for five straight seasons and was voted a starter in 2014 and 2015. Voting ends Tuesday, July 5.
The only D-back listed among the leaders of the fan vote was injured center fielder A.J. Pollock, who ranks 13th among outfielders with the top three making the starting lineup.
At first base, Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman leads followed by the Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo, San Francisco’s Brandon Belt, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger and Cincinnati’s Joey Votto.
Goldschmidt has surged in June after entering the month hitting .178. In the first nine games of June, Goldschmidt is 18 for 36 with five home runs, six doubles and a triple — good for a 1.710 OPS.
Based on the early tally, the Braves look as though they might dominate the starting lineup thanks the fan enthusiasm the way the Royals and Cubs have in recent years.
Atlanta has three outfielders in the top six and a player in the top three at every other position.
If voting had ended Monday, three Braves would be in the NL’s starting lineup for the All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 17 in Washington, D.C.
With surges in fan votes, the Royals had five starters on the 2015 American League All-Star roster and the Cubs had five starters on the 2016 NL roster.
All-Star pitchers and reserve players are selected by a combination of a player vote and the National League manager, which this year will be Dave Roberts from the Dodgers. Five players who missed the cut will be presented to fans for a vote for the final roster spot.