Andrew McCutchen scuffled a bit over the past seven days but it did not stop him from gaining considerable ground in the latest update to the National League All-star voting.
Over the past seven days, McCutchen slashed .235/.278/.417 while collecting only four hits in 17 at-bats. While a dropoff from his recent blistering pace was to be expected, it was still surprising to see McCutchen make up so much ground week-to-week. Nori Aoki of the San Francisco Giants remains in fourth place, yet his voting totals have kept pace with McCutchen, as each picked up roughly 600,000 votes. Aoki is having a great season for the Giants, batting .321 at the time of this writing, but Andrew McCutchen easily outdistances Aoki in run-producing metrics.
Starling Marte also had a rough week, hitting just .214 over the last five games. That slump wasn’t enough to keep him out of the top 15 outfielders, as he and Ryan Braun teamed up to knock out Jorge Soler and Matt Kemp, both of whom fell out of the top 15.
Of course, not pictured here are pitchers, who will be selected by Bruce Bochy, National League manager. Gerrit Cole continued to make his case to start the game over the past week, turning in another excellent start vs the Atlanta Braves, going for seven shutout innings. He now leads the National League in wins (9) and ERA (1.73). Barring a string of bad starts, Cole is the clear frontrunner to be tapped as the starter.
Rum Bunter will continue to provide updates to the All-Star votes as they are released.