Chicago Cubs: These two guys will find their way to Cleveland
Bryant has been to the All-Star game twice and notably hit the first-inning bomb off Chris Sale in his 2016 appearance. Rizzo has been three times and is as steady as they come in terms of production. Both guys, while not especially hot at the moment, have done enough to deserve nods to go, even if they’re not starters.
Bryant currently is tied for the team lead in fWAR at 2.8, has 15 bombs, 57 runs, a 141 wRC+, and a .930 OPS. His fWAR number says he’s the second-best third baseman in the NL, behind Nolan Arenado, but of course, many make the argument that Arenado’s stats are a bit tainted because of his home games at Coors Field.
Bryant has been a consistent performer for the Cubs in the first half, making most fans forget about his injury-plagued 2018 and showing that he’s back to being one of the best all-around ballplayers in the majors.
His other half, Rizzo, has actually been bettering some of his usual counting stats so far in 2019, an amazing feat for a guy who was Mr. Consistent coming into this season. Rizzo already has 19 home runs (his career-high is only 32) and 53 RBI (career-high 101) and is also on pace for a career high in runs, already having scored 47 times this year.
If Rizzo can maintain his current pace for the year, he will set a few personal bests this season. At 2.0 fWar for the season so far, Rizzo is certainly in the conversation with guys like Pete Alonso, Freddie Freeman and sometimes first baseman Max Muncy. He could get some help if his pitchers wouldn’t let Alonso keep hitting bombs though…