St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas

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Pitchers Represent Cardinals Main Hopes For All-Star Game Appearance

There's still a slim chance for Yadier Molina to get in, but he needs a lot of help.

June 19, 2018 - 12:17 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - MLB has released the latest ballot totals for 2018 National League All-Star team and it's not a great showing for the St. Louis Cardinals. The only position player who looks like they'll have a shot to make the All-Star Game is, not surprisingly, Yadier Molina. 

But Molina, who is looking for his ninth All-Star appearance, has some real campaigning to do. His 366,271 votes is a distant fourth (top two are in) behind Buster Posey of the Giants (686,253), Willson Contreras of the Cubs (596,111) and the Braves Kurt Suzuki (557,692). 

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Even with missing a month of games, Molina is still fourth among NL catchers in RBI and tied for fourth in home runs. 

Voting ends July 5 for the All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 17, at Nationals Park in Washington. 

We will likey see a few Cardinals hurlers in that game. Here are the most likely candidates: 

Miles Mikolas - He might be the best off-season acquisition in baseball, in terms of surpassing expectations. Mikolas isn't mowing down opponents, but he's walked practically no one this year in route to a 7-2 record and 2.69 ERA – which is sixth best in the NL. His WHIP of .99 is better than every NL pitcher except for the three-time Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer. 

Michael Wacha - He'll need to bouce back from his most recent start against the Chicago Cubs, but even with that blemish he's looked like one of the best starters in baseball at times. It was more clear than ever when he took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 3. His 3.24 ERA is 10th best in the NL.

Jordan Hicks - Owning nine of the top-10 fastest pitches in baseball this year doesn't hurt the argument for Hicks earning his way into the All-Star Game. His stats (2.21 ERA and 2-1 record) don't jump off the page, but for pitchers with at least 33 apperances this season, Hicks has the sixth-best ERA. He has allowed just two runs in his last eight apperances, if that trend continues we could see the rookie in Washington.