Thanks to a strong start from Jake Arrieta and a two-home run game from Ian Happ, the Chicago Cubs avoided a sweep on Sunday in Cincinnati. Meanwhile, just one Cubs player earned an All-Star Game nod.
The Chicago Cubs got a taste of the “old” Jake Arrieta as he twirled seven solid innings against the Cincinnati Reds. Arrieta allowed just one hit over seven innings while being backed by a two-home run, four-RBI day from rookie Ian Happ. Anthony Rizzo added a solo home run in the seventh as the Cubs would go on to win the finale by a score of 6-2.
As the MLB All-Star Game rosters were unveiled, the Cubs won’t have near the same showing they did last year. Only Wade Davis was named to the NL All-Stars, as Kris Bryant is part of the final vote. It’s a stark contrast to last season when the Cubs had seven All-Star participants. But it’s been a challenging year, and this result isn’t unexpected.
The Cubs’ front office is keeping an eye out for potential additions as the trade deadline nears. One player that they have an interest in is the Detroit Tigers’ Alex Avila. He’s been a strong defensive presence behind the plate and has put up solid offensive numbers as well. His veteran leadership could also help Willson Contreras with his continued maturation behind the plate.
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