On Sunday, the 2011 MLB All-Star Game rosters will be announced and Colorado Rockies' shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is expected to be the only player from his team to be voted into the game. Heading into Thursday's final day of Internet balloting, Tulowitzki held over a 200,000-vote lead over the New York Mets' Jose Reyes, a lead that kept shrinking each week.
Both have strong cases. Tulowitzki is the unquestioned leader of the Rockies who has had to put his team in his back, which showed especially in April when he hit .298/.385/.617 with seven homers a 17 RBI. He slumped in May (.209 BA) but rebounded in June with and .876 OPS. Overall he is hitting .273/.342/.502 with 17 home runs and 57 RBI. If voted in, this would be his second All-Star Game, as well as his first action in a game and first start. He missed it in 2010 due to an injury.
Jose Reyes has been electrifying this season with a .354/.398/.529 line, hitting 15 triples and stealing 30 bases. It would be no shame to finish second to Reyes in voting (if voting were conducted in a vacuum and fans were not allowed to vote 25 times).
Both will make the team wither way, one would hope. However, Reyes did leave Saturday's game with tightness in his left hamstring, leaving the game at the start of the third inning. An MRI should reveal any injury.
Tune into TBS at 10 a.m. MT for the 2011 MLB All-Star Game Results show before the Yankees-Mets game starts.
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