The latest round of All-Star voting for the National League was released Monday, and just one Cub is leading at his position.
Kris Bryant still leads N.L. third basemen in the voting, but by just 58,000 votes:
As you can see, Jason Heyward, who was in third place among outfielders in last week’s voting results, now is fourth by about 30,000 votes.
Truth be told, Nolan Arenado of the Rockies, who now leads at third base, probably deserves the nod. He’s having a better year than Bryant, at .296/.347/.559, plus he’s hit for the cycle and is playing his usual outstanding defense. Bryant’s OPS is still higher than Arenado’s (.914 to .906), but Kris is hitting just .188/.350/.344 (6-for-32) over his last 10 games. Bryant does lead the major leagues in walks with 52.
Bryant will still likely get an All-Star nod as a backup. The only other Cub who rates All-Star consideration at this point is Wade Davis.
Anthony Rizzo trails Ryan Zimmerman by about 127,000 votes. Zimmerman clearly deserves to win, but Rizzo has a small chance of being named as a reserve. If Rizzo is on the “Final Vote” ballot that comes out next week, he could be elected by fans.
And given that the Cubs have been essentially a .500 team most of this year, that seems about right. Further, unlike many years, the voters appear to have gotten it right at most, if not all, of the positions.
Voting, which is available exclusively online via MLB.com, Club sites and mobile devices, will be accessible until the voting period ends on Thursday, June 29 at 10:59 p.m. CT, and the starting players will be announced on ESPN in an hour-long show next Sunday, July 2 at 6 p.m. CT.