Posey making case for All-Star ballot push

Posey making case for All-Star ballot push

SAN FRANCISCO -- With online-only voting for the 2014 All-Star Game commencing on Thursday, the balloting is coming down to the wire. The Giants have the National League's second-best record but no players atop their respective positions in the voting.

Catcher Buster Posey is one of three players -- Brandon Crawford and Pablo Sandoval are the others -- in third at his respective position. Posey trails the Cardinals' Yadier Molina by roughly 900,000 votes and the Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy by more than 200,000 votes.

While the Giants have maintained throughout the season that they don't care about All-Star appearances, Posey's recent play has increased his worthiness to be the NL's starter behind the plate. He has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games; he's hit .338 (25-for-74) in that span. Entering Tuesday night's game, Posey is third among NL catchers with a .280 average, fourth with nine home runs and fifth with 36 RBIs on the season.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15, on FOX.

Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.