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Dodgers News: 4 LA Players Move On to Phase 2 of All-Star Voting

As the July 11 All-Star Game approaches, four Dodgers advanced to the second phase of voting, in which they will face off in a head-to-head fan vote for the starting slot. That voting starts today and runs through the 29th, so get out and vote often!

Freddie Freeman will battle Matt Olson, who plays for Freeman’s former Atlanta Braves, for the first base spot. Freeman is having an MVP-caliber season, ranking in the top five in batting average, hits, runs scored, slugging percentage, OPS and doubles. In a side-by-side comparison, Freeman’s statistical season squashes Olson’s.

Catcher Will Smith will face off against Braves catcher Sean Murphy. Smith sports a .293/.408/.500 clip, adding 10 home runs and 38 RBI. Murphy has 12 homers and 42 RBI while hitting .286/.383/.532.

Mookie Betts, who has played a fair share of this season’s games at shortstop, is the leading finalist for the outfield, of which the top two will join Ronald Acuna Jr., who earned an automatic bid as the league’s top vote-getter, to start in the outfield. Betts is putting together a gem of a season with 17 home runs, 43 RBI and hitting at .260/.359/.502 while proving his defensive prowess with his play at both shortstop and from the outfield.

Finally, designated hitters JD Martinez and Bryce Harper are battling for a spot in the All-Star Game. Martinez is hitting .257/.300/.571, having driven in 16 homers and 48 total runs. Harper has hit only 3 home runs but is averaging .296/.390/.415 from the plate. At the time of this writing, he has played 16 fewer games than Martinez.

Voting results will be released July 2, giving Dodger fans plenty of time to decide if they would like to make the short flight up to Seattle.

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Patrick Warren

Patrick Warren is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California who works to cover the Los Angeles Dodgers with Dodgers Nation. Warren is originally from Chattanooga, TN and is currently based out of Buffalo, NY.

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