How bad would they be without all these All-Stars?
12 teams in the NL have fewer All-Stars than the Cubs. Only four teams have fewer wins.
The All-Star rosters have been announced, and as you’d expect, 43% of the All-Stars in the NL Central are Cubs. Huh?
The Cubs who made the team deserve it. Starting pitchers Marcus Stroman and Justin Steele have been excellent since the jump and shortstop Dansby Swanson has provided Gold Glove defense and slightly above league average offense.
Hey, the bar for shortstop in the National League is not high. The starter is journeyman Orlando Arcia who backed up Dansby on the Barves last year and who they just handed the job to when they decided to let some other team pay Swanson $25 million a year. And now, Dansby’s backing him up. Huh.
The three All-Stars for the Cubs nearly matches the total for the rest of the division combined. The Pirates (Mitch Keller), Brewers (Devin Williams), Reds (Alexis Diaz) and Cardinals (Nolan Arenado) all have the league minimum one All-Star.
I guess that’s why the Cubs are dominating the division so thoroughly, in fourth place, seven games behind the Reds and Brewers. Ugh.
Only the Barves and Dodgers have more All-Stars than the Cubs.
How is it that 12 teams in the league have fewer All-Stars but only four have fewer wins?
The guy who is squeezing so many great results out of having three All-Stars got to announce the selections to the team on Sunday.
“Returning again for the second time is Marcus Stroman.”
Nope. Sorry Dave. He’s a two-time All-Star, so he’s returning for the first time.
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