Phillies updated top five 2018 All-Star Game candidates

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 11: Odubel Herrera #37 of the Philadelphia Phillies is congratulated by Rhys Hoskins #17 after hitting a home run against the New York Mets during the first inning of a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on May 11, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 11: Odubel Herrera #37 of the Philadelphia Phillies is congratulated by Rhys Hoskins #17 after hitting a home run against the New York Mets during the first inning of a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on May 11, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 20: Odubel Herrera #37 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a solo home run in the seventh inning during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park on June 20, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 4-3. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /

Odubel Herrera

Odubel Herrera is the lone Phillie to rank among the top vote-getters on the All-Star ballot. As of Tuesday, he ranked 12th among NL outfielders with 263,903 votes. The starting NL outfield is likely set with Atlanta’s Nick Markakis, Washington’s Bryce Harper, and Los Angeles’s Matt Kemp holding the top three spots by a wide margin. With Herrera ranking more than 660,000 votes behind Kemp, he isn’t making the game as a starter.

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On the other hand, the odds of Herrera making his second All-Star Game as a reserve are good. He hit a slump after ending his on-base streak, but he is heating up again.

In Herrera’s last eight games, he has 17 hits with a 1.406 OPS. He has a home run in five straight games and six in his last seven. This recent hot streak has brought his overall line this year to .308/.362/.507 with a 136 wRC+.

He ranked fifth among NL outfielders in wins above replacement with 2.1 on Friday, putting him right in line to become a reserve outfielder.

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