DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has done all he can on the field, but he is depending upon fans to hold on to his lead over the Mets' Jose Reyes for a starting spot for the National League for the All-Star Game.
Tulowitzki's once-comfortable lead in the voting has shrunk to 244,832 votes -- a margin Reyes, playing in the country's biggest market, might be able to make up before the starting lineups are announced on Sunday.
Tulowitzki, the Rockies' cleanup hitter, has entered Monday as the consistent leader among Major League shortstops this season in home runs (14) and RBIs (50) and is regarded as the games rangiest shortstop. Tulowitzki began the day with a .990 fielding percentage, which also led Major League shortstops.
Reyes, the Mets' leadoff man, began the week leading the NL in batting at .341, and his .385 on-base percentage is tied with the Dogers' Jamey Carroll's for tops among Major League shortstops. Reyes' 37 extra-base hits are tops in baseball, with Tulowitzki and the Indians' Asdrubal Cabrera tied for second at 34.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until Thursday at 9:59 p.m. MT.
Rosters will be announced during the 2011 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 3. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint.
And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2011 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint.
The All-Star Game, to be played in Phoenix on July 12, will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.