Chicago Cubs: All-Star voting getting close as four Cubs sit in second

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 Fans continue to vote for their favorite All-Stars and several members of the Chicago Cubs are in the thick of it. Last year, only one member of the North Side made the National League roster.

Despite the lack of offense in Sunday’s series finale against the Cardinals, things are looking better for the Chicago Cubs. I know some of you are still hitting the panic button even though we’re halfway through June.

Take a deep breath, have a Coke (or a beverage of your choice) and wear a smile. This club is playing musical chairs with the Milwaukee Brewers, flip-flopping positions in the National League Central near-daily.

It’s not like they’re near the bottom of the division. Nothing against the Cincinnati Reds or anything, but our boys are in a good position.

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Now, last night, Javier Baez was forced to leave after being hit by a pitch. Which is unfortunate considering the offensive production he has provided for the Cubs thus far. He is easily Chicago’s midseason MVP.

Baez has always flashed his glove, wowing fans with quick tags. Early on, he had a bit of an issue with striking out but managed to overcome that obstacle.

In good company

The tables have turned, now he’s one of the league’s top hitters, at one point, leading the pack in runs batted in.

Currently, he sits tied with teammate Anthony Rizzo and New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge with 46. He set a new career-best last season, with 75 RBI. In theory, if he stays healthy, he can make a good run at that this year.

We’ll have more on Baez when details on his x-rays are revealed. Right now, Javier is getting votes for this year’s All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. Same goes for Rizzo, third baseman Kris Bryant and catcher Willson Contreras.

However, all four men are currently in second place for the positions. This is where the rest of us step in and take over. Thanks to the Chicago Cubs’ Twitter handle, they provided a link for those looking to nudge our boys ahead of the competition.

Get out and vote

As mentioned in the header of this article, only one Chicago Cub made it to the All-Star game last year. Prior to Wade Davis being the only selection, the Cubs nearly sported an entire lineup in 2016 in San Diego.

With the amount of talent on this roster, don’t be surprised if Albert Almora Jr. and Ian Happ battle for a nod next year.

Next: Almora cementing role with Cubs

Buster Posey, Freddie Freeman, Nolan Arenado and Ozzie Albies lead their respective positions. A tough but beatable bunch. Let’s make it happen.

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