Yadier closing in on sixth straight All-Star selection

Yadier closing in on sixth straight All-Star selection

LOS ANGELES -- Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy may have inched closer to Yadier Molina in the most recent release of All-Star Game voting totals, but the Cardinals catcher has just one more week to hold off the competition and earn his sixth consecutive All-Star selection.

No Cardinals player since Albert Pujols (2003-10) has been named to the All-Star team in six straight seasons. Last year, Molina led all National League players in total votes. As of Monday, he trailed only Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in votes. And with Adam Wainwright making a case to earn the start for the NL club, Molina, if voted in, could have the unique opportunity to catch his longtime teammate in the game.

Though Molina currently ranks fourth in batting average (.285) and eighth in on-base percentage (.335) among all NL catchers with at least 100 plate appearances, he remains the gold standard behind the plate. Molina has thrown out 47 percent of runners trying to steal on him, tops among all Major League catchers.

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 10:59 p.m. CT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.