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Justin Upton Deserves to be in Starting Outfield for NL All-Star Team

Justin Upton

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MLB All-Star Game voting doesn’t always work out the right way. It is understandable because we are humans after all but at least one thing is still set right for the 2013 All-Star voting. Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton is hanging on to the third starting outfield slot for the National League All-Stars. That is just about right and we should all hope he stays there. He shouldn’t get the top votes of outfielders above Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies or Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals but third is good.

While he seemed to be on pace for a first half that would land him on top of any list for NL outfielders, the slump that Upton hit in May slowed him down enough to make the difference. Having said that, he is right where he should be in third. The closest competitors are Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper and Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen. Harper is amazing for the Nats but while I love the way he plays, he has been hurt too long to start the All-Star Game.

McCutchen is right there with Upton. He edges Upton in RBI and Upton takes him in homers but overall I think Upton has been just a touch better and really does deserve the start above him. It would be terrible for me to be upset that Harper is in the big game, go ahead and vote him in. Let us all hope that he doesn’t get a starting spot just because of his popularity however. That would be wrong and we all know how right and just the All-Star voting process is. Hey, at least the NL outfielders look right for now.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.