Pirates need support in final days of ASG voting

Four Bucs appeared on latest balloting update, but have ground to make up

Pirates need support in final days of ASG voting

PITTSBURGH -- With a little more than a week remaining in the online voting process, the Pirates will need a lot of help to send an All-Star Game starter to San Diego.

Four Pirates were represented on the latest All-Star balloting update, released Wednesday, but none gained any significant traction toward a starting bid in the annual Midsummer Classic, which will be played July 12 at Petco Park. All three outfielders rank among the National League's top 15 vote-getters, and Josh Harrison is holding his ground at second base.

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Andrew McCutchen ranks eighth with 673,640 votes, more than a million behind third-place Yoenis Cespedes. Starling Marte is right behind McCutchen in ninth, having received 667,096 votes. Gregory Polanco rounds out the trio, placing 14th with 400,353 votes.

Harrison remains well behind the leaders in the second-base voting, but he's within striking distance of the fourth-leading vote-getter, former Pirate Neil Walker. John Jaso, who had ranked fifth at first base, did not appear on the latest balloting update.

Marte has the strongest All-Star argument of any Pirates player, ranking fourth among NL outfielders with 2.9 WAR, according to Fangraphs.com. The Bucs' left fielder has stayed hot amid a team-wide cold stretch, entering play Wednesday with a team-high .331 average that ranks third in the league and a team-best 20 stolen bases.

Marte's two-run triple

Marte is hitting .331/.373/.498 with six homers and 27 RBIs. The Gold Glove Award winner also shares the NL lead with eight outfield assists.

Polanco is not far behind, ranking sixth among NL outfielders with 2.6 WAR. His numbers have dipped in recent weeks, but he's still batting .295/.379/.510 with nine homers, 39 RBIs and nine steals.

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Following the announcement of the 2016 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.