Chicago Cubs: And, here they are, all in one picture
Kyle Schwarber has predominantly done a nice job leading off after being mired in a slump for a few weeks earlier in the season. Sure, he’s struck out a bit more than you’d like to see, but in 33 starts since being moved to leadoff, Schwarber has 26 runs, 11 home runs, 24 RBI, and a .545 slugging percentage. Still, he hasn’t put up those numbers for all 75 games, and his numbers don’t scream “All-Star” material even if many Cubs fans love their left fielder.
While Schwarber has put up the best numbers of the three outfielders who don’t have a great case to make it to the All-Star Game, Jason Heyward is probably in the middle of the three. Heyward has seen a surge in power this year, blasting 10 bombs so far on the season, but he’s still only hitting .256. While that’s a higher average than Schwarber, Heyward doesn’t slug nearly as well as his left field counterpart, and he also has played the worst defense of his career according to UZR metrics in 2019.
Albert Almora, while playing his typical great center field defense, hasn’t even been a starter for stretches of the season, especially since the Cubs signed Carlos Gonzalez. Our best defensive outfielder by metrics, Almora has only started 47 games for the Cubs this season and struggled mightily to start the year. He has posted a .795 OPS since April 25, but that’s not exactly Midsummer Classic material in this day and age.