Kansas City Royals Dominating All-Star Voting

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Mike Moustakas: .327/.382/.481, 1,261,769 votes

If the casinos in Las Vegas had odds on which American League third baseman would be the leading vote getter at the position when the first tallies were announced, one probably could have gotten excellent odds on Mike Moustakas. Considering his struggles last season, even with his postseason breakout, anything resembling continued success was not a given.

Well, if those odds did exist, and an optimistic fan of the Kansas City Royals put a few bucks on Moose, they made out quite well. In the midst of a true breakout season, Moustakas has been everything the Royals have wanted. He is driving the ball to the opposite field while still displaying his power bat, hitting four home runs and eleven doubles. Slotting him in the second spot in the lineup seems to have worked wonders.

Josh Donaldson, currently second in votes at third base, is certainly a worthy candidate. However, he has been no match for Moustakas’ breakout season, as Donaldson is currently 385,183 votes behind the Kansas City Royals third baseman. It is certainly great to see the transformation for Moustakas get rewarded at the ballot box.

Given that Ned Yost is the manager and that Mike Moustakas has had such a stellar season, one had to think he would end up in Cincinnati anyway. Instead, we may get to see Moustakas starting the All-Star Game. Who would have expected that?

Chances of starting: Pretty decent

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