Ethier Closing In On All-Star Nod

There is growing distance between Andre Ethier and Jayson Werth in the race to start in the outfield at the All-Star Game.

Voting runs through Thursday at 8:59 p.m., but it is becoming likely that Andre Ethier will be a starting outfielder for the National League.  The latest vote totals were released today, and Ethier is firmly in third place, with a comfortable lead over Jason Werth and Matt Holliday.

National League All-Star OF Voting
Player Team Votes
Ryan Braun Mil 2,262,663
Jason Heyward Atl 2,205,534
Andre Ethier LA 2,113,048
Jayson Werth Phi 1,623,802
Matt Holliday StL 1,540,986
Shane Victorino Phi 1,517,594

Heyward was just placed on the disabled list by the Braves, and is expected miss the game.  All-Star rosters will be announced on Sunday on TBS.

SB Nation Los Angeles is now live, and I look forward to meeting you at tonight's launch party at Capitol City Sports Grille.  We will be watching the game from there, and blogging from there as well.  It should be fun, with Matt Kemp back in the lineup and Ely Mania on the mound.

Both Jonathan Broxton and Hong-Chih Kuo are unlikely to pitch tonight, and Ronald Belisario has pitched in each of the last two games, so a save situation tonight could get tricky.

Ethier has 18 hits in 33 at-bats against Matt Cain, tonight's starter for the Giants.  Either has a double and a triple in 38 plate appearances, and is hitting .545/.553/.636 against Cain.

Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscias Tragic Illnesss breaks down George Sherrill's struggles this season, including the rather astonishing fact that Sherrill hasn't struck out a batter since May 17, a span of 30 batters faced.

Get your guesses in for Xeifrank's game simulation here.

Game Time: 7:15pm

TV:  KCAL

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