As we grow closer to the end of the final vote in the MLB all-star game, it seems that two Chicago players have taken the lead in their respective leagues. Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale(#TargetSale) has a nice lead in the American League vote, while Chicago Cub first baseman Anthony Rizzo(#VoteRizzo) has a slight lead in the national League vote. Both Sale and Rizzo have had very productive seasons, and both earn high praise for being bright spots on their below average teams.
Chris Sale is 8-1 in 13 starts for the Sox, including having a 2.08 ERA and striking out 102 batters. Sale has also only allowed 64 hits over 95 innings, as well as a WHIP of only 0.84 over the campaign. Sale is currently ahead of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Garett Richards(#VoteGRich), who is closely following him as the polls begin to close. Detroit Tigers starter Rick Porcello(#PickRick) is in third, while Cory Kluber(#VoteKluber) of the Cleveland Indians and Dallas Keuchel(VoteKeuchel) of the Houston Astros remain in fourth and fifth.
Anthony Rizzo was behind as of yesterday, but in the updated polls is 1st holding a sleight lead over Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau(#VoteMorneau). Rizzo is also making one of the best final vote runs ever, having four straight games with a home run, as well as tying the lead in the national league for long balls with 20 on the season. Rizzo currently bats .280 on the season, including having 49 RBIs and a .387 on-base percentage. Behind Morneau, Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton(#VoteJUp) is catching up in third place, while Washington National second baseman Anthony Rendon(#VoteRendon) remains in fourth and Miami Marlin third baseman Casey McGehee(#VoteHitsMcGehee) sits in fifth.
So as we approach the end of the final vote( ballots close at 4 p.m. ET today), it’s always possible for a windy city sweep to get to Chicago players into the 85th mid-summer classic. However, nothing is done until this ballots close, and the votes will continue to run in. If you want to vote for who you think deserves to got to Minnesota this year, go to MLB.com and cast your ballot. You can also go on twitter from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET and cast your vote with a players hashtag(written next to names) and follow @MLB. Final vote winners will be posted on MLB.com after the ballots have closed, so make your final vote count.