Another week of All-Star voting has come and gone. The newly-released results show that the Orioles are now down to one winning vote-getter. Manny Machado extended his lead in the voting for third basemen, while Mark Trumbo slipped into fourth place among AL outfielders.
Trumbo was passed by Jackie Bradley Jr. of the Red Sox, who, if we cast aside the reflexive dislike of all things Boston, we must admit is having a darn good season. It's enough that it's not much of a mystery why Bradley was suddenly able to zoom past Trumbo in the span of a week. Trumbo has received 816,276 votes but trails the third place Bradley by over 120,000 votes.
The real intruder in the outfield voting is Lorenzo Cain, presently having something of a pedestrian season compared to many other outfielders. But at this point the deal with Royals and All-Star voting is very clear, and there's just not much to be done about it. The leading overall vote-getter is Salvador Perez, for crying out loud.
Machado holds an edge of almost 175,000 votes over his closest competition, Kansas City's Mike Moustakas. Machado has more than doubled his margin over Moustakas compared to last week, so at least that's something.
A few Orioles remain farther down in the balloting at their respective positions. Chris Davis holds on in third place among first basemen, far behind Kansas City's Eric Hosmer. Matt Wieters is the runner-up at catcher, more than a million votes behind Perez.
As they were last week, Adam Jones and Joey Rickard sit in ninth and fourteenth place, respectively, among AL outfielders. Jones is more than 600,000 votes out of third place and Rickard is even farther behind. Jonathan Schoop, previously in fifth for second basemen, has dropped off the voting update entirely.
Unless something very, very screwy happens with the naming of the rosters, Machado will of course not be the only Oriole on the team. At least one position player will end up with the reserves, probably, and we can probably guess that Zach Britton and maybe even Brad Brach will make it onto the pitching staff.
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