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The Cardinals Lack All-Star Power

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It is no secret that this St. Louis Cardinals team is missing a superstar.  The more troubling problem is, aside from the starting rotation, they only have one deserving All-Star.  The lineup is full of guys with All-Star potential, but just are not producing.  There are some former All-Stars, like Molina, Carpenter, Fowler, and Diaz.  However, none of those guys have put up outstanding numbers to this point.

Potential 2017 All-Stars

With the All-Star game just over a month away, it is not too early too look at who could be in, and who could be out.  Sadly, for St. Louis, there will be a lot of the latter.  There are, though, a few guys who may stand a chance, whether it be because of their name, or their numbers.

Yadier Molina and Dexter Fowler would be the guys who may get in, based on who they are.  Molina has been the Cardinals’ backstop for 13 seasons.  In that time he has 7 All-Star appearances, 8 Gold Gloves, 4 Platinum Gloves, a Silver Slugger, and two World Championships.  He is one of the most recognized players in the game, which is why he will get a lot of votes, despite his less than best efforts this season.  Dexter Fowler, though he has not accumulated as many accolades as Yadi, was the lead-off man, for the 2016 World Champions.  Which will also garner him votes, despite his poor performance.

Jedd Gyorko may be the only Cardinal deserving of an All-Star starting spot, based on his numbers.  Again, not including the starting pitchers.  Gyorko, so far, has hit .316, with 8 home runs, and 22 RBI.  On top of that, he has shown that he is more than capable of playing defense at third base.  Unfortunately, for him, the National League is loaded with great third baseman, like Nolan Arenado, Justin Turner, and Anthony Rendon.  And, with all the new Cub fans, Kris Bryant will undoubtedly receive millions of votes, on their behalf.

Cardinals All-Star Standings

Currently, there are three Cardinals, within the top four spots, at their positons, and one within eight spots.  Yadi is sitting in third place, in the voting, and leads all Cardinal vote getters, with 303,857 votes (  He trails only Buster Posey, and Wilson Contreras, for the starting catching position.

The other two top four guys, are Gyorko, and Kolten Wong.  Wong may fade, with his stint on the DL, and recent decline in production, but Gyorko may have a chance.  Wong trails Daniel Murphy, Javier Baez, and Brandon Phillips, at second base, and Gyorko only trails Bryant, Arenado, and Justin Turner.

Finally, Dexter Fowler is eight places behind the third spot.  He probably will not make up this ground, barring an absolute tear, before mid-July.  The top three National League outfielders are Bryce Harper, Charlie Blackmon, and Jason Heyward.