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

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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).

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)

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?

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.