May 3, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (16) tosses his bat after hitting a walk-off solo home run off of Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Radhames Liz (not pictured) during the fourteenth inning at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Pirates 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Since both All-Star teams are allowed to hold 23 active players aside from their starters, several Cardinals may also have an opportunity to make the team as a reserve selected by either coaches or National League teammates.
Kolten Wong, Yadier Molina and Jason Heyward have all received strong support with over 2,000,000 online votes each, but trail the leaders at their respective positions and have taken different paths to increase their All-Star hopes.
Wong is arguably the strongest candidate of the three to make the team as a reserve, largely because of his success compared to other National League second basemen.
He is the only five second baseman to rank among the top 10 for home runs and stolen bases in his position, jump-started by a clutch walk-off home run against Pittsburgh last month.
Molina and Heyward are both improving their offensive presence in the middle of lineup, as the tandem has combined for six home runs and 23 hits since June 16. However, both remain toss-ups to make the team given their early season offseason struggles and the National League’s strong catching and outfield depth.
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