NEW YORK -- The Mets are doing everything in their power to make David Wright the National League's starting All-Star third baseman, and their efforts appear to be working.
Wright has overtaken San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval for the voting lead at his position in the latest update of balloting released Sunday. Trailing by more than 100,000 votes as recently as last week, Wright has since opened up a 128,831-vote lead.
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Ever since Wright fell behind Sandoval in the early voting tallies, the Mets have worked tirelessly to promote their captain, advertising his candidacy heavily at Citi Field. The efforts seem to be working, thanks in large part to Wright himself -- the third baseman bashed two home runs on Thursday in Atlanta, recording six hits over the final three games of the series.
But there are no guarantees. Wright led Sandoval in nearly all major statistical categories this time a year ago, also leading the All-Star voting wire-to-wire before a late balloting surge won Sandoval the start.
Wright remains the Mets' best chance to have an All-Star starter at Citi Field, with catcher John Buck and second baseman Daniel Murphy the only other hitters in the top five of voting at their positions. But pitcher Matt Harvey, who continues to impress, is certainly a candidate to start the game on the mound; fans do not vote for All-Star pitchers.