NL's best reflected in All-Star voting leaderboard
Braun, Pujols, Tulo still on top, while Reyes, Molina move up
As the 2011 All-Star Game draws closer and the National League hopes to claim a victory in consecutive seasons, the league's top teams continue to be well-represented in the most recent ballot update.
Ryan Braun, who has helped the Brewers to the top of the National League Central standings, leads all outfielders -- and NL players -- with 2,230,505 votes. Trailing him on the ballot is the St. Louis duo of Lance Berkman (1,878,314) and Matt Holliday (1,855,416), with the two swapping places on the leaderboard. Braun was hitting .309 with 14 homers and 48 RBIs through Sunday, while Berkman and Holliday had combined for 77 RBIs.
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki -- who was 8-for-18 with nine RBIs and two home runs in Colorado's weekend series against the Dodgers -- continues to hold firm as the top vote-getter to start at shortstop with 1,828,509 votes. He leads the Mets' Jose Reyes (1,241,553), who skyrocketed past Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins (999,537) after earning more than 460,000 votes last week.
Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips and Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols also continued their reign as the top vote-getters at their respective positions.
Pujols (2,081,590), who leads reigning NL MVP Joey Votto (1,773,348) for the top spot among first basemen, joined Braun as the only NL players to have received more than two million votes.
Among the catchers, injured Giants backstop Buster Posey dropped to third in the voting, while St. Louis' Yadier Molina moved into the second spot behind five-time All-Star Brian McCann. The 27-year-old Braves catcher took home MVP honors at last year's Midsummer Classic.
Los Angeles' Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp, who owned the fourth- and third-best batting averages in the league (.331 and .321, respectively), are fourth and fifth in the outfield voting. The NL's Player of the Month for May, Cincinnati's Jay Bruce, is sixth.
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Brian McCann, Braves: 1,646,822
Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 1,345,260
Buster Posey, Giants: 1,309,521
Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers: 807,588
Carlos Ruiz, Phillies: 797,450
Albert Pujols, Cardinals: 2,081,590
Joey Votto, Reds: 1,773,348
Prince Fielder, Brewers: 1,371,296
Ryan Howard, Phillies: 1,109,487
Freddie Freeman, Braves: 457,926
Brandon Phillips, Reds: 1,754,872
Rickie Weeks, Brewers: 1,461,383
Chase Utley, Phillies: 1,281,190
Dan Uggla, Braves: 833,610
Freddy Sanchez, Giants: 791,457
Placido Polanco, Phillies: 1,822,129
Chipper Jones, Braves: 1,197,332
Pablo Sandoval, Giants: 1,029,380
David Wright, Mets: 934,636
Scott Rolen, Reds: 824,656
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: 1,828,509
Jose Reyes, Mets: 1,241,553
Jimmy Rollins, Phillies: 999,537
Alex Gonzalez, Braves: 744,786
Stephen Drew, D-backs: 639,204
Ryan Braun, Brewers: 2,230,505
Lance Berkman, Cardinals: 1,878,314
Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 1,855,416
Andre Ethier, Dodgers: 1,468,537
Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 1,372,804
Jay Bruce, Reds: 1,201,224
Shane Victorino, Phillies: 1,001,749
Jason Heyward, Braves: 883,068
Carlos Beltran, Mets: 875,339
Justin Upton, D-backs: 719,937
Raul Ibanez, Phillies: 712,577
Martin Prado, Braves: 676,791
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: 674,282
Corey Hart, Brewers: 652,737
Alfonso Soriano, Cubs: 649,093