2019 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Red Sox falling behind in polls


2019 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Red Sox falling behind in polls originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com

The online polls that close Friday suggest there will likely be a scarcity of Boston Red Sox in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game.

Just designated hitter J.D. Martinez and reigning American League MVP Mookie Betts contend to advance to the next round of voting. The top three vote-getters at each position - and the top nine outfielders - advance to the next phase of the voting process, the Starters Election, which will determine which players start the All-Star Game. Fans will have 28 hours to vote in the Starters Election, which starts at 4 p.m. ET on June 27.

Martinez leads all designated hitters by a comfortable margin, and despite a down year, Betts is safely in fifth place for outfielders.

Rafael Devers, whose breakout year has him in the top-10 in runs scored and batting average in the AL, is within reach of surpassing third place Hunter Dozier and entering the top-three vote-getting third basemen.

Xander Bogaerts, who leads the Red Sox and the AL in runs scored, sits in sixth place on the shortstop leaderboard. He trails Cleveland's Francisco Lindor, Chicago's Tim Anderson, New York's Gleyber Torres, Houston's Carlos Correa and Minnesota's Jorge Polanco.

Bogaerts, Devers and David Price have legitimate shots at gaining entry into All Star Game through the back door, as reserves or pitchers.

The All-Star Game will be held on July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. To vote, click this link: https://www.mlb.com/all-star/ballot .

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