Houston Astros stars Altuve, Alvarez lead so far in All-Star voting

The voting helps determine the starting lineups for MLB’s All-Star Game

Houston Astros' Jose Altuve celebrates with his teammates after hitting a solo home run against Minnesota Twins pitcher Chris Archer during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig) (Craig Lassig, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

HOUSTON – In Major League Baseball’s first release Tuesday of All-Star voting, Houston Astros Jose Altuve and Yordan Alvarez lead their respective positions.

The voting helps determine the starting lineups for MLB’s All-Star Game, which this year will be played July 19 at Dodger Stadium.

The top three from each position other than the outfield, where it’s the top nine vote getters, will advance to a secondary phase of voting, with votes reset, to ultimately decide the starters at each position.

Currently, in this release of the votes so far, Altuve has nearly a 200,000-vote lead over Toronto’s Santiago Espinal. For the season, Altuve ranks second among American League second basemen in home runs (12), slugging percentage (.507), and OPS (.853). In his career, Altuve has been an All-Star seven times, including four as a starter.

Meanwhile, Alvarez is vying for his first All-Star berth. Currently, he has almost 300,000 more votes than the next closest at the designated hitter position, Anaheim superstar Shohei Ohtani. The slugger currently leads the Astros and is in the AL’s top five in home runs (18), RBI (47), slugging percentage (.623), and OPS (1.026).

Other Astros in the rankings vying for the top three at their positions, and top 9 for the outfield, include Jeremy Peña (4th-SS), Martin Maldonado (4th-C), Yuli Gurriel (5th-1B), Alex Bregman (5th-3B), Michael Brantley (9th-OF), and Kyle Tucker (10th-OF).

The All-Star starting finalists after the first phase of voting will be announced on June 30, with the second phase between July 5-July 8, before the starters are unveiled on July 8.

Fans can cast their All-Star ballots here up to five times a day: https://www.mlb.com/all-star/ballot?affiliateId=asb-headline-mlb-2022