It counts and all that, but the 84th All-Star Game may wind up not counting too many Red Sox at all. The first batch of results from early balloting of position players was released yesterday and with one exception, the Red Sox are not exactly running away with the hearts and minds of American League fans. According to overall performance, the fans are not doing such a bad job of voting, either, so nobody should be crying that the Red Sox are getting jobbed out of being represented fairly. Plus, with the All-Star pitching staff to be assembled a few weeks from now, the Red Sox still have time before feeling real good about themselves. Starter Clay Buchholz, with his league-leading ERA (1.62), wins above replacement (3.6) and wins (eight), stands as good of a chance as anyone to be named the starter for the July 16 game at the Mets’ Citi Field in New York. Buchholz and the other contenders — Texas’ Yu Darvish, Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore, Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma, Detroit’s Max Scherzer — still have about five starts apiece to go before the selection process plays itself out. The nearly complete rosters for each league will be finalized by July 7. In the meantime, fans hold the power of the ballot box — voting can be conducted online at mlb.com or at any big league ballpark. David Ortiz is pulling his weight, holding a commanding lead of nearly 400,000 votes over Texas’ Lance Berkman in the designated hitter category, the lone position where a Red Sox player leads. The voters have done a good job here. Ortiz’ 1.023 OPS is 170 points higher than the next closest, Kendrys Morales of Seattle, who does not even crack the top five. Berkman, by the way, has an OPS of .799. Ortiz has 10 home runs and 36 RBI in just 39 games.
Red Sox looking up at stars
Boston Herald | Jun 4