Boston Red Sox

By Ty Anderson,

The production of Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez has undoubtedly been appreciated by Red Sox and baseball fans alike, with some downright staggering votes received out of the gate for this year’s All-Star Game.

In fact, Betts has been the leading vote-getter in the American League through the first update, with over 748,000 votes. The next closest vote-getter overall, the Astros’ Jose Altuve, has received just over 701,000 votes.

It’s for good reason, as Betts has a league-leading .354 batting average and 1.167 OPS to go with 17 homers (seventh-most in the bigs). The 25-year-old Betts returned to the Boston lineup for the first time in over two weeks on Monday night, going 1-for-5 in a 12-inning win over the Orioles at Camden Yards.

Among outfielders, Mike Trout is second to Betts, with almost 640,000 votes, while the Yankees’ Aaron Judge is in third, with 541,000 votes. Andrew Benintendi is sixth among A.L. outfielders, while Jackie Bradley Jr. ranks 12th.

Martinez, meanwhile, leads all designated hitters, with over 513,000 votes. It’s more than double the votes that Giancarlo Stanton has received to date, as the New York slugger has just under 232,000 votes to date. Martinez is beating Stanton across the board, too, with 21 homers compared to Stanton’s 15, a .311 average compared to the Marlin-turned-Yankee’s .244 average, and Martinez’ 54 RBIs compared to just 34 from Stanton.

Elsewhere, Mitch Moreland has received the second-most votes among A.L. first basemen, with over 241,000 votes. That puts him less than 20,000 votes behind Chicago’s Jose Abreu for the starting spot at first.

The 2018 All-Star Game will be played at Nationals Park on July 17.

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