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Closer Wade Davis is the Lone Cubs All-Star, Kris Bryant in the Final Vote

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Last year, the very-very-good Chicago Cubs had seven All-Stars, including the entire starting infield.

This year, the Chicago Cubs are … not as good. Both collectively and individually, and for that reason, it is not shocking to learn tonight that, pending later additions, they’ll have just one All-Star.

And it isn’t a position player. It’s Wade Davis:

Davis is a fitting selection, having converted a Cubs record 16 straight saves to start the season, and posting his typical excellent numbers (1.93/1.78/2.66, 37.5% K rate, 8.9% BB rate).


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You could make an argument for Anthony Rizzo or Kris Bryant as a reserve, but the reality is, their numbers haven’t been quite there this year, especially when there are so many other infielders having huge seasons. I will say that it’s pretty odd that D.J. LeMahieu (.302/.360/.381, 82 wRC+) got a nod over some other players, but whatever.

The starters are selected by the fan vote, and this year, the reserves were not chosen by manager Joe Maddon – instead, they were chosen by a combination of player ballots and the Commissioner’s Office.

We’ll see if any Cubs wind up as Final Vote guys or later additions. For now, it’s just Davis. (SEE UPDATE BELOW)


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Although it’s always fun to see Cubs players in the game, if they wind up having no one else go, and their players simply get a nice long break? That wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

UPDATE: So there’s a Cub in the Final Vote after all, and it’s Kris Bryant:

Seriously: how stacked are third base and first base this year in the NL?

The entire rosters:


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor of Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.

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