The catchers of the last two World Series champs - Yadier Molina and Buster Posey - lead Carlos Ruiz in All-Star voting by an insurmountable margin.
Chooch, who rates as the 10th best player in baseball based on Baseball-Reference's WAR stat, remains third in balloting among National League catcher, earning 1,756,018 votes, trailing Posey (2,445,005) and Molina (2,291,567). In their defense, they're having good seasons, particularly Molina who is the 17th best WAR player in the league and hitting .326/.380/.516. Other Phillies receiving votes at their positions are Jimmy Rollins (4th), Ryan Howard (5th), Placido Polanco (5th), Hunter Pence (7th) and Shane Victorino (13th). Go here to vote Chooch. He and Jonathan Papelbon are the only players I'd send from the Phils. You can vote for Chooch here.
Phillies making no noise in baseball's dumpsters: Anyone else a little surprised the Phils haven't made any noise in acquiring any of the pitchers who've shaken lose in recent days? The Phils appear to be staying the course with a number of under performers, including Joe Savery. Would the Phils get the point where they would consider alternatives for Kyle Kendrick? Down in Triple-A, right-hander Tyler Cloyd improved to 7-1 with six solid innings Monday and has held steady with a 2.37 ERA. Cloyd, 24, reminds many of Kendrick in that he relies on fastball movement, keeping the ball down and command of his pitches.
Tonight's lineup: Rollins, Polanco, Pence, Ruiz, Victorino, Wigginton, Mayberry, Martinez against the left-hander Josh Outman.