Five Cubs lead National League All-Star voting


The Cubs are the best team in baseball this year. But, yeah, their get-out-the-vote operation is definitely impressive too. Five Cubs players currently lead their positions in All-Star balloting according to the latest round of results released by Major League Baseball.

Anthony Rizzo — the overall vote leader — Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Dexter Fowler would all be starters if the game were held tomorrow. Four of those guys are decent picks on the merits if you’re a half-season-stats voter. Russell is . . . suspect. He’s ninth in OPS and seventh in WAR among NL shortstops. Aledmys Diaz, the OPS leader, and Corey Seager, co-WAR leader, are not anyplace in the top five. The other co-WAR leader, Zack Cozart, is fifth in the voting. I wonder if NL voters know what a shortstop is.

Oh well, that’s democracy for you:

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Hunter Pence exits game with apparent injury

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Rangers OF/DH Hunter Pence exited Sunday afternoon’s game against the Reds after suffering an apparent injury chasing down a ground-rule double hit by José Peraza in the fifth inning. The beat writers are suggesting it’s a groin injury, but we’ll have to wait for the Rangers to provide an update to know for sure.

Pence was 1-for-2 with a two-run home run on the afternoon before suffering the injury. He’s had a rebirth of a season, batting .294/.353/.608 with 15 home runs, 48 RBI, and 44 runs scored in 215 plate appearances.

Shin-Soo Choo and Pence were sharing both the DH spot and left field. If Pence needs to go on the injured list, Danny Santana would likely see an uptick in playing time, particularly in left field.