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MLB All-Star Update: Pederson Coming Close To Starting Spot



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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

With the All Star Game in less than a month, the National League voting race is becoming even closer for a few Los Angeles Dodger players, and even further for others.

Adrian Gonzalez held the lead for first basemen through the first two weeks of voting, but quickly dropped to second behind Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gonzalez’s performance in the last three weeks is certainly indicative of his decline in the voting, as he has hit just .222 with two home runs and 10 RBIs. Although his offense has been declining, his defensive skills have not wavered, having a .995 fielding percentage and the third-highest defensive WAR among first basemen.

At the second base position, Howie Kendrick has dropped from fourth place to out of the top five in just one week. Although the 31-year-old is hitting .281 on the season, he has hit just .240 in the last week. Dee Gordon still leads all second basemen by over 1,000,000 votes.

Yasmani Grandal has jumped from fifth to fourth place in the last week but still trails Buster Posey of the Giants by over 5,000,000 votes. Grandal’s offense briefly broke out of a lull, along with the rest of the Dodgers offense on Sunday, going 3-for-5 with two solo home runs.

The outfield race has become closer for rookie Joc Pederson. The center fielder jumped from 11th place to sixth place in two weeks. Although his defense has been better than exceptional, the fans seem to prefer offense, which Pederson has provided in the last week with two home runs.

Yasiel Puig, who was sidelined for an extended period of time, dropper from 13th to 14th place among outfielders. The right fielder has hit .339 with one home run and six RBIs since his return.

Voting continues until 11:59 PM on July 2, so be sure to get your votes in for the Dodgers HERE.

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