Another round of All-Star voting for National League players was released Monday, and two Cubs still are in position to be All-Star starters: Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward.
Anthony Rizzo, who was leading among first basemen last week, has dropped to the second spot behind Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals.
Here are the latest vote totals by position:
Truth be told, Rizzo didn’t really belong leading the voting in the first place. He’s not having as good a year as he did last year, and Zimmerman has been outstanding and deserves the spot.
Heyward and Ben Zobrist rank third and fourth among N.L. outfielders in the current balloting and Kyle Schwarber is sixth. We all know Schwarber’s vote is strictly his popularity, nothing more, and Zobrist isn’t having an All-Star season either. Heyward’s case is borderline; he’s improved offensively and is still playing top-caliber defense.
It would seem that Bryant is the only Cub who really deserves an All-Star starting spot as of now. Really, the only other Cub who’s having an All-Star quality season is Wade Davis, and I can see him being selected.
Voting, which is taking place online only via MLB.com, every club’s site and mobile devices, will continue until Thursday, June 29 at 10:59 p.m. CT.
There will be another update on N.L. voting next Monday.