MLB All Star Ballot: Blue Jays vs The Leaders
Apr 18, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) reacts as he arrives at home plate after hitting a home run in the 10th inning to give the Jays a 6-5 win over Atlanta Braves at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Moustakas vs Josh Donaldson (2nd)
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This battle is a lot closer than I originally thought. Both guys are putting up some great numbers. In fact, while Donaldson is quietly putting together an MVP type season, Moustakas may be that much better right now. Obviously, Donladson has sexier power numbers, but Moustakas is more than making up for it. This may come down to which guy blinks first. Both are putting up great first halfs worthy of an All Star appearance. Regardless how voting goes, they both could be looking at a trip to Cincinnati.
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But, right now, Donaldson sits about 350K behind Moustakas. Donaldson has been shuffled around the Blue Jays lineup. Aside from sliding in at his projected 5th spot in the lineup, he’s also hit leadoff and 2nd. And, in a lineup of injuries and under performances, Donaldson has paced the Blue Jays to the highest scoring offense in baseball. He’s done all of this while playing more than steady defense on the turf at Rogers Centre.
While Moustakas edges Donaldson in most categories, Blue Jays fans may be surprised that he is actually putting up better defense than Donaldson. He’s been worth 7 DRS compared to Donaldson’s 3. If fans are looking for the best player to represent the American League at 3rd base, this contest could very well come down to the wire. If it truns out to be more of a popularity contest, it still could be quite interesting.
Moustakas, like his Royals counterparts, is enjoying the popularity that a World Series appearance brings. And, he’s putting together a good season. But, we should also remember that Donaldson has a reputation over the last couple years of being one of the best players in all of baseball. This part of the ballot will be an interesting one, for sure. You can help The Bringer of Rain out by heading over and voting for him up to 35 times.
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