Stanton slips from second to third in All-Star voting
Marlins slugger remains a contender to start but drops down a place
MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton's production is on the rise, as the Marlins' slugger paces the National League in home runs (18) and RBIs (54).
Still, his status as an All-Star starter is starting to slip.
Stanton dropped from second to third among National League outfielders. Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers (1,942,701) continues to pace the outfielders. Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen (1,727,534) has moved up into second, the spot Stanton held a week ago.
If the ballot were final, Stanton would still be in the starting lineup. The 24-year-old is third, with his revised total at 1,659,430.
It's not a secure spot for Stanton, because Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez is closing in with 1,628,401 votes.
An All-Star in 2012, Stanton is positioned to be Miami's first starter in the Midsummer Classic since Hanley Ramirez at shortstop in 2010.
One of the strongest players in the game, Stanton also is a candidate to be in the Home Run Derby. But separating him this year is that he is becoming a more well-rounded player.
A year ago, Stanton dealt with injuries, and he finished with 24 homers and 62 RBIs. He is already closing in on both numbers.
Stanton is the only Miami regular ranked among the leaders at his position.
What troubles the slugger is that he feels third baseman Casey McGehee is deserving of serious consideration.
"He's just as important an anchor to the lineup as I am," Stanton said. "I'm obviously in front of him [in the lineup]. If I don't get the job done, or they don't let me get the job done, he's done more than expected of him. And he's stepped up just about every time we've needed him to."
McGehee tops all NL third basemen with 43 RBIs.
Outfielder Marcell Ozuna is also posting some strong numbers, with 12 home runs and 42 RBIs.
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