The 2018 MLB All-Star Game is just under four weeks away and the Braves are sitting in great position to represent the franchise on the field. On Monday afternoon, several Braves players found their name amongst the top six in voting at their positions.
This year, the game that features the best in the League will take place on July 17 in Washington D.C.’s Nationals Park. And, three Braves are especially close to punching their ticket to the nation’s capital in July. Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis and Ozzie Albies currently lead their positions in voting for the starting spot in the National League.
First baseman, Freddie Freeman, will take the field in his third All-Star Game should the voting hold up. With 1,433,140 votes, Freeman leads all National League players in total votes in this year’s ballot. But, more importantly, he leads the way at the first base position by a blowout.
Through 71 games this season, Freeman is boasting a .337 at the plate with 49 RBI and 15 home runs. And, it appears Freeman is poised to show off those numbers on the video board at Nationals Park on July 17.
Having never been selected to an All-Star Game, Braves outfielder, Nick Markakis, stands a good chance of appearing in his first this year. With 1,173,653 votes, Markakis leads the way for all National League outfielders in this year’s ballot.
Markakis also boasts impressive offensive numbers with a .327 average, 44 RBI and eight homeruns. Having spent 13 seasons in the League, Markakis might finally get his chance at an All-Star Game appearance.
Last but not least, Ozzie Albies leads the way in the National League for the start at second base. And, it’s only his first full season in the Majors. So, appearing in the 2018 All-Star Game in his first full-length MLB season would be a great addition to his young resume.
The youngster’s stats are equally impressive as he leads the Major League in extra-base hits with 39. Albies is hitting a .251 with 41 RBI and 16 home runs. And, his current lead in the ballot is a big one as Chicago Cubs’ Javier Baez is trailing by 148,000 votes at the second base position.
So, if Braves Country keeps up with the voting, Atlanta will have three starters take the field for the National League in the 2018 All-Star Game at Nationals Park.
Also notable in the running but not leading is shortstop Dansby Swanson, catcher Kurt Suzuki, outfielders Ender Inciarte and Ronald Acuna, and third basemen Johan Camargo.