We are just about halfway through the abbreviated 60-game 2020 MLB season.
If we were having a normal season and were about halfway through, we’d be talking about who’d be making this year’s All-Star team. This year’s All-Star Game was supposed to be at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, but that was (obviously) cancelled. L.A. will get the 2022 ASG, and next year’s will be in Atlanta.
The Cubs currently have the second-best record in the National League and thus, must have had some good performances that would rate All-Star consideration.
If I were making selections for a NL All-Star team at the halfway point in 2020, it would include three Cubs.
Yu Darvish is an obvious choice. Not only is he having an All-Star caliber season, he should be in contention for the NL Cy Young Award. (For which he’ll earn a $2 million bonus, I might add.)
Darvish had a shaky first outing but since then has posted a 1.09 ERA and 0.848 WHIP in five starts covering 33 innings. He’s walked just six and struck out 39 and leads the major leagues with a 7.33 K/BB ratio.
Odd note on Darvish’s 2020 season: He has recorded a decision in all six of his starts. In 2019 it took him 17 starts to record six decisions.
The Cubs have another pitcher I believe would warrant All-Star consideration this year: Jeremy Jeffress. Though Jeffress has “only” three saves, he has allowed runs in just two of his 11 outings (and only one run in each) and has a 1.46 ERA and 0.811 WHIP in 12⅓ innings. He’s faced 48 batters and allowed just five hits, all but one a single. He’s been the Cubs’ most reliable reliever so far this season.
The Cubs offense has struggled at times and many of the Cubs’ previous All-Stars (Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras) have had mediocre-to-poor starts.
Ian Happ, though, definitely rates All-Star consideration. He’s hitting .267/.405/.556 and leads the Cubs in home runs, walks, OBP, SLG and OPS. Many of Happ’s numbers rate just outside the top 10 in the National League, and he’s currently in an 0-for-11 drought, but I think his overall season rates All-Star consideration.
Who would you pick as Cubs All-Stars this year?