ST. LOUIS - With no fewer than 10 Cardinals ranked among the National League's top five in homers, runs, wins, ERA or other notable stats, the STL should be well represented at the All-Star Game July 16.
All but one of the Cardinals' candidates would have to make the team to break the franchise record of eight All-Stars, set by the 1943 club that went 105-49 before losing to the Yankees in the World Series.
These Cardinals could be hard-pressed to match last year's total of six All-Stars. They are virtually guaranteed of having three and they should have no fewer than five. Landing any more than that, though, will be difficult, as you can see from sizing up their chances.
Carlos Beltran. He's No. 1 among N.L. outfielders in the fans' voting, partly because he's hitting .306 and tied for third with 14 homers. Beltran also benefits in the voting from having been a popular player at each of his stops, which also include Houston, New York and San Francisco in the N.L.