In the? Shhei Ohtani.
Out of? Jordan Alvarez.
At least in the American League starting lineup for the designated hitter for the July 19 All-Star game at Dodger Stadium.
Alvarez, the Astros’ left-handed slugger, leads the big leagues in OPS and slugging percentage, hitting .312/.410/.665 with 26 homers en route to Friday, but Ohtani, the Angels’ two-way star, edged him in the second round of fan voting to earn his second consecutive starting all-star game. Last year, Ohtani made it as the AL’s starting pitcher.
After the first round of voting, each position was narrowed down to two finalists, and a new round of voting began. Ohtani garnered 52% of the vote to 48% for Alvarez, who will no doubt be named as a reserve when the rest of the team is announced on Sunday.
Ohtani hits .257 with 18 home runs, but his throwing numbers are even better: 8-4 with a 2.44 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 81 innings. In his last four starts, he hasn’t conceded any earned runs while hitting 40 batters in 26 2/3 innings. Despite another disappointing season for the Angels, his two-way performance gives Ohtani a chance to win his second straight MVP award.
His Angels teammate Mike Trout gets his 10th career pick. He is joined in the AL outfield by Yankees Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Judge leads the majors with 30 homers and 65 runs while Stanton has 21 homers. It is Judge’s fourth All-Star selection and Stanton’s fifth.
The Astros’ Jose Altuve earned his eighth All-Star selection and fifth starting pick as second baseman, while Rafael Devers defeated Jose Ramirez at third base in a two-player battle with MVP-caliber seasons.
Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk is the only first starter for the AL.
In the National League, the closest race was at third base, where the Padres’ Manny Machado edged out the Cardinals’ Nolan Arenado to 49% with 51% of the vote. Shortstop was also a close vote, with the Dodgers’ Trea Turner beating Braves’ Dansby Swanson 52% to 48%.
Bryce Harper was chosen as the starting DH but has to be replaced due to injury.
Marlin’s second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. will be an all-star for the first time.
The starters per league:
C: Alejandro Kirk, Blue Jays (1st pick): 74% to 26% over Jose Trevino
1B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Blue Jays (2nd pick): 66% to 34% over Ty France
2B: Jose Altuve, Astros (8th pick): 57% to 43% over Santiago Espinal
SS: Tim Anderson, White Sox (2nd pick): 55% to 45% over Bo Bichette
3B: Rafael Devers, Red Sox (2nd pick): 60% to 40% over Jose Ramirez
OV: Aaron Judge, Yankees (4th selection): automatic selection as the leading voter
OV: Mike Trout, Angels (10th Pick) and Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees (5th Pick): About George Springer and Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
DH: Shohei Ohtani, Angel (2nd selection): 52% over 48% over Jordan Alvarez
C: Willson Contreras, Cubs (3rd pick): 65% to 35% over Travis d’Arnaud
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals (8th selection): 67% to 33% over Pete Alonso
2B: Jazz Chisholm Jr., Marlins (1st Pick): 59% to 41% above Ozzie Albies
SS: Trea Turner, Dodgers (2nd pick): 52% to 48% over Dansby Swanson
3B: Manny Machado, Padres (6th choice): 51% to 49% over Nolan Arenado
FROM: Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves (3rd pick): automatic starter as a leading voter
OF: Mookie Betts, Dodgers (6th Pick) and Joc Pederson, Giants (2nd Pick): about Starling Marte and Adam Duvall
DH: Bryce Harper, Phillies (7th pick): 59% to 41% over William Contreras
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34213938/los-angeles-angels-shohei-ohtani-mike-trout-lead-way-mlb-announces-all-star-game-starters Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout lead way as MLB announces All-Star Game starters