Most of us would admit that few Cubs are having All-Star caliber seasons. The way I see it, the only Cubs hitter even close to that level is Kris Bryant.
The first results from National League All-Star balloting were released Tuesday, and Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward were in position to be starters in the game, which will take place in Miami July 11.
Here’s the vote totals as of today:
You can see this is mostly a popularity contest. Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber are in fourth and fifth place among outfielders. Neither has distinguished in early-season play, particularly Schwarber.
At the moment, Bryant has a significant lead over Nolan Arenado of the Rockies, and seems likely to be the starting third baseman for the N.L. Rizzo’s lead over Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals (who’s having a really good season) isn’t quite as large.
Javier Baez, who is playing reasonably well but having nothing near an All-Star caliber season, is second among second basemen behind Daniel Murphy of the Nats, and Willson Contreras is second among catchers behind the Giants’ Buster Posey.
Truth be told, the only Cub really having an All-Star caliber season is closer Wade Davis. Of course, pitchers will be chosen by managers — and Joe Maddon will be doing that selecting for the N.L. squad.
Voting continues, all online and via mobile devices, through June 29.