Mets' David Wright and John Buck in contention for home field All-Star starts

Wright second, Buck third at their positions after first balloting period
06/04/2013 1:57 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

David Wright is close to earning an All-Star start on his home field.(AP)
A day after releasing the first preliminary American League balloting totals, Major League Baseball released the first ballot update for National League All-Star voting – and the New York Mets have two players in contention to be voted in as starters on their home field.

Third baseman David Wright is the closest, as his 967,299 votes have him second at the hot corner behind San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval (1,094,095 votes); catcher John Buck, meanwhile, is third among backstops, but his 523,843 votes leave him with only about 40 percent of the total of another Giant, Buster Posey, who is the NL’s top vote-getter with 1,275,596.

Through June 3, Wright, a six-time All-Star who was a reserve in the 2008 game at Yankee Stadium, is hitting .277 with seven home runs and 30 RBI, totals that have him third in every category among NL third basemen.

Buck, who was an All-Star while with Toronto in 2010, has a .222-11-35 line through June 3, leading all NL backstops in RBI and placing second in home runs to Atlanta’s Evan Gattis.

If the current leaders hold, the NL All-Stars would have Atlanta’s Justin Upton, Washington’s Bryce Harper, and Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun in the outfield, Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and a pair of Reds, first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips, joining Sandoval in the infield, and Posey behind the plate.

The NL will select a player to serve as the designated hitter once voting is concluded, and the pitching staff – which is likely to include Mets ace Matt Harvey (5-0, 2.17 ERA) – will also be selected closer to game day.

The MLB All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field in Queens.

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