Here come the Brewers.
Just as Milwaukee has taken the largest first-place lead in baseball -- 5 1/2 games over the second-place Cardinals in the National League Central -- some of the team's stars have emerged as leading vote-getters among the candidates to start for the NL in this year's All-Star Game.
Since last week's tally, Aramis Ramirez (1,279,902) has narrowly taken the top spot at third base from New York's David Wright (1,260,895) on the strength of an astronomical leap from fourth place, and outfielder Carlos Gomez (2,409,860) has moved into one of the three starting outfield spots; he was fourth last week and has since supplanted Miami's Giancarlo Stanton.
Additionally, catcher Jonathan Lucroy (1,911,745) has emerged as the No. 2 vote-getter behind Yadier Molina (2,600,853). And Mark Reynolds (1,067,419) made his way into the mix as the No. 4 first baseman, leap-frogging Justin Morneau and Brandon Belt. Jean Segura (1,272,273) moved ahead of San Francisco's Brandon Crawford (1,089,457) as the No. 2 vote-getter at shortstop behind Troy Tulowitzki.
Tulowitzki (3,287,460) remains the NL's top vote-getter and the only player to receive more than 3 million votes.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
While the NL's top two vote-getting outfielders, Yasiel Puig (2,468,376) and Andrew McCutchen (2,461,722), are unchanged, the race remains tight. Stanton (2,130,519) is nipping on the heels of Gomez, with another Brewer in Ryan Braun (1,974,845) not far behind.
Chase Utley (2,090,110) still has a stranglehold on the second-base race over Pittsburgh's Neil Walker (1,328,959) and Los Angeles' Dee Gordon (1,129,759), and Paul Goldschmidt (1,962,386) is leading Adrian Gonzalez (1,239,509) and Freddie Freeman (1,112,465) in the first-base race.
The 2014 All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. The AL will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the NL will have eight fan-elected starters. Pitchers and reserves for both squads -- totaling 25 for the NL and 24 for the AL -- will be determined through a combination of "Player Ballot" choices and selections made by All-Star managers Mike Matheny (NL) and John Farrell (AL).
Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTE LEADERS
1. Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks: 1,962,386
2. Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers: 1,239,509
3. Freddie Freeman, Braves: 1,112,465
4. Mark Reynolds, Brewers: 1,067,419
5. Matt Adams, Cardinals: 1,021,846
1. Yasiel Puig, Dodgers: 2,468,376
2. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: 2,461,722
3. Carlos Gomez, Brewers: 2,409,860
4. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins: 2,130,519
5. Ryan Braun, Brewers: 1,974,845
6. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies: 1,608,755
7. Angel Pagan, Giants: 1,261,458
8. Michael Morse, Giants: 1,260,419
9. Justin Upton, Braves: 1,203,302
10. Hunter Pence, Giants: 1,146,060
11. Khris Davis, Brewers: 1,052,946
12. Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 1,014,863
13. Allen Craig, Cardinals: 788,636
14. Michael Cuddyer, Rockies: 713,648
15. Bryce Harper, Nationals: 680,930