The Chicago Cubs are off to a great start in the 2021 season. They are currently tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the competitive NL Central. Through 68 games, the Cubs are 38-30 which is shocking to most people.
After trading away star pitcher Yu Darvish, many fans believed that Chicago should rebuild their roster. However, the Cubs have put that conversation to rest and are in a win-now situation once again. After struggling to start the season (hitting under .200 as a team in the first 10 games), the Northsiders have bounced back nicely.
Before this series against the New York Mets, the Cubs were 15-5 in their last 20 games. Chicago’s biggest stars have been a key factor in their recent success which will almost certainly give Chicago some hitters in the All Star game. Here is a look at which Cubs’ position players could make the All-Star game in Colorado this year.
1. Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant is on track to make his fourth All-Star appearance. The 29-year-old third basemen is having an elite season after struggling much of the 2020 season. This season, Bryant is currently hitting .292 with 13 home runs and 39 RBIs. He leads the Cubs in batting average, runs (40), OBP (.374), hits (66) and doubles (16).
His hitting is a major reason why Chicago has been a better team in 2021. The first All-Star ballot update was released the other day and Bryant was the only Cubs’ player who had the most votes at their respective position. The former MVP received 29% of the votes at third base, while Nolan Arenado was second with 14% of the votes.
Although it is still early, there is optimism that the Cubs’ third baseman will start at the All-Star Game. Bryant has more than twice the amount of votes than Arenado has.
2. Javier Baez
Javier Baez is having a solid season for the Cubs. He leads the team in home runs (16), RBIs (44) and stolen bases (9). However, he does lead the team and the league in strikeouts (90). This is a part of his game that he has to improve on. He also has 13 errors on the season which ranks second in all of baseball.
Putting aside the strikeouts, the 28-year-old has had a great start to the 2021 season. His power makes him one of the best shortstops in the league alone.
After the first All-Star ballot update, Baez had the second most votes for shortstops in the National League only behind San Diego Padres superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis. Nonetheless, there is probably a strong chance that the two-time All-Star doesn’t get more votes than Tatis.
Tatis accounted for 40% of the votes for shortstops in the National League, while El Mago only received 13%. It’s safe to say that Baez won’t start for the NL in the All-Star game, but there is a good chance that he makes his third All-Star appearance.
3. Anthony Rizzo
Anthony Rizzo has been on fire lately hitting four home runs in eight games. He is looking to make his first All-Star appearance since 2016. The 31-year-old first baseman has had a better 2021 season than he did in 2020. He is hitting .259 to go with nine home runs and 31 RBIs.
Last season through 60 games, Rizzo was hitting only .229 with 11 home runs and 24 RBIs. Although the home runs are slightly down, the three-time All-Star is having another great season in the field.
However, Rizzo has some ground to make up if he wants a spot in the starting lineup for the National League team. He currently has only received 12% of votes for first basemen, which trails Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (16%) and Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy (23%).
Even though Rizzo needs a lot more votes to earn a spot, he is getting hot at the right time. Hopefully, this will be enough to make his fourth All-Star appearance.
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