Nolan Arenado has significantly closed the gap on Kris Bryant for the starting National League third base spot in the All-Star Game, according to the latest figures released by Major League Baseball on Monday.
The Rockies’ third baseman trails the Cubs first baseman by just 58,082 votes in fan balloting. A week ago, Bryant led Arenado by 302,714 votes.
Last week, Arenado grabbed headlines when he hit a walk-off homerun to complete a cycle, and also had a two-run triple in the 8th inning off Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke to win a game, and that could have swayed some voters.
With the polls closing at 9:59 p.m. Thursday, Arenado is vying to become the first Rockies third baseman elected to start in an All-Star Game.
Meanwhile, Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon is firmly in place to start for the National League in the outfield. He ranks second behind Nationals’ Bryce Harper, but has a commanding 1,845,266-vote lead over third-place Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna. The top three outfielders earn the start. Rockies’ outfielder Carlos Gonzalez ranks 15th among NL outfielders.
Defending NL batting champion DJ LeMahieu remains a longshot to start at second base. He’s in third place behind the National’s Daniel Murphy and Cubs’ Javier Baez. LeMahieu trails Murphy by 2,436,172 votes.
The all-star teams will be announced Sunday.