2016 all star gameWell, we’ve been expecting this for a while, but now it’s official: five (FIVE) Chicago Cubs will be starting for the National League in the 2016 MLB All-Star Game.

MLB just announced that the final fan voting for the starting roster for the National League will include the entire Cubs infield – Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell, and Kris Bryant – plus Dexter Fowler in center field.

That is an incredible accomplishment, even if you could debate the merits of one or two of the inclusions if you wanted to get into a fight about it.

Of course, those five aren’t the only Cubs making the All-Star team, as Jon Lester (NL Pitcher of the Month in June) and Jake Arrieta (2015 NL Cy Young Award winner, threw his second no-hitter in 2016) have made the roster as well, and one could be starting the game.

You can see the full list of All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, for both the AL and NL, here at MLB.com.



Below, check out the stats for the Cubs five positional representatives (with their NL positional rankings in parenthesis), just before today’s game. Obviously, Kris Bryant hit another homer and Addison Russell hit two, but the relative positioning is the same. It’s a pretty exciting group:

  • Anthony Rizzo
    • AVG: .282 (7th)
    • OBP: .401 (2nd)
    • SLG: .567 (1st)
    • HRs: 20th (1st)
    • wOBA: .404 (1st)

It’s difficult to believe that Anthony Rizzo is possibly the Cubs second most valuable position player (thanks to Kris Bryant), but he has undoubtedly been the consistent, dangerous, heart and soul of the Cubs lineup. Losing Rizzo, I suspect, would hurt the Cubs the most. With excellent defense at first base and some of the best numbers in the league, he’s an obvious choice for the starting first baseman.

  • Ben Zobrist
    • AVG: .296 (6th)
    • OBP: .404 (2nd)
    • SLG: .473 (4th)
    • HRs: 11 (4th)
    • wOBA: .378 (3rd)

Ben Zobrist has been an absolute revelation for the Chicago Cubs. Like Dexter Fowler, he is one of the most crucial components of this Chicago Cubs lineup and his ability to get on base, make consistent, hard contact and provide veteran leadership and defense from multiple positions has been invaluable. He, too, is an easy pick to represent the National League.

  • Addison Russell
    • AVG: .238 (12th)
    • OBP: .336 (7th)
    • SLG: .392 (9th)
    • HRs: 9 (7th) (Now 11, T-5th)
    • wOBA: .314 (10th)

Addison Russell is probably the most fan-voted in starting position player for the NL, as his offensive numbers don’t stack up to the Corey Seagers, Brandon Crawfords or Trevor Storys of the NL. Even still, he provides legitimate gold glove caliber defense at the most important position on the field, and has been trending upwards, lately (three home runs in his past two games). He will represent the Cubs and the National League.



  • Kris Bryant
    • AVG: .279 (6th)
    • OBP: .373 (2nd)
    • SLG: .575 (3rd)
    • HRs: 24 (1st) (Now 25, most in MLB)
    • wOBA: .397 (3rd)

Kris Bryant is yet another easy and obvious selection for the 2016 NL All-Star game. Just one year after winning the NL Rookie of the Year, he is an early favorite to win the NL MVP. That award would just be one in a long line of awards, as Bryant continues to make his mark in MLB. After his 25th home run today against the Reds, he now leads all of baseball in the category. No one can wait to see what he does next.

  • Dexter Fowler
    • AVG: .290 (6th)
    • OBP: .398 (1st)
    • SLG: .483 (4th)
    • HRs: 7 (6th)
    • wOBA: .381 (3rd)

Where would the Cubs be without Dexter Fowler? Well, given their record over the past two weeks (while he’s be on the DL) I don’t think any of us want to know. He has been the spark plug for the offense, getting on base better than any center fielder in the game, while still hitting for average and power. With his improved defense in center field, the Cubs switch-hitting center fielder will do well in San Diego.



And, of course, there are the top two starters in the Chicago Cubs’ rotation, the last couple weeks notwithstanding. Some notable stats and ranks in all of MLB:

  • Jake Arrieta
    • ERA: 2.33 (3rd)
    • FIP: 2.89 (5th)
    • xFIP: 3.40 (14th)
    • WAR: 2.9 (7th)
  • Jon Lester
    • ERA: 2.67 (11th)
    • FIP: 3.69 (33rd)
    • xFIP: 3.49 (15th)
    • WAR: 2.0 (23rd)

So there you have it. The seven guaranteed Cubs representatives for the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game, which will be played Tuesday, July 12 in San Diego.

Here’s a little promotional video for you to #GetHyped:

Brett Taylor contributed to this post.




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