So as of today, the Chicago Cubs' lineup is leading the NL All Star voting in almost every position except catcher. Please, explain that to me. I looked up the numbers right now, and there is someone almost every position that is doing better and IS better than the Cub who is leading. Let's start at third base, because this is what gets me the most. Kris Bryant leads the voting over Nolan Arenado. Meanwhile, Arenado beats him in almost every single category. Home Runs, Arenado 21 and Bryant 17. Average, Arenado .295 and Bryant .270. Runs and Doubles, Bryant has a couple more. RBIs? Arenado with 12 more. Not to mention, Bryant is second in the NL in strikeouts among third basemen, after that scrub from Cincinnati. Plus, Arenado's defense is miles better. Nolan Arenado is the best defensive third basemen in all of baseball in my opinion right now, especially with Manny Machado at shortstop. There is NO reason why Bryant is better than Arenado. Not right now anyway, not last season. Definitely not the first half of this season. Arenado is by far the most underrated player in baseball, and btw he's leading both the NL and the AL in home runs. It isn't just him though. Let's move onto second base. Ben Zobrist is leading the voting, over Daniel Murphy? Daniel Murphy is hitting .352 right now! Zobrist's .311 is impresive, but Murphy still tops him by a mile. Murphy has three more home runs, five more RBIs, six more doubles, and 20 more hits. Zobrist has one more steal, and his walks to Ks I will admit are impressive. Zobrist's defense is also way more solid, so it's a littler closer than Bryant and Arenado, but I still don't agree with Zobrist leading the voting over Murphy. I think Murphy is the best NL second basemen right now. Here is a good one. Addison Russell is leading at shortstop. The guy is hitting .237 with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 6 homers and 2 steals. Those numbers aren't exactly eye popping to me. Johnathan Villar is having a fantastic year at shortstop right now, and so is both Trevor Story and Corey Seager. Even Zach Cozart is doing great. All four of those guy have way better numbers than that line I just typed out for Russell. I'm not sure on their defense, their errors seem to be around the same, but Russell is only 9th in fielding percentage among NL shortstops, and 13th in putouts behind all four of those other shortstops I mentioned. No way he deserves to lead the voting either. And Centerfield. Dexter freaking Fowler. Ozuna is having a way better year than Fowler, and so is Cespedes too. Chuckie Blackmon I would also put in front of Fowler. Yes, Fowler is hitting .290 and is second in the league with doubles behind Jon Jay, but compared to all three of those other guys his numbers aren't as good. Cespedes leads NL center fielders with homers at 18, and his average is tied with Fowler at .290. Ozuna has 15, and is hitting a whopping .323 right now. Oddubel Herrera is hitting over .300 himself with 7 homers and 11 steals. If Charlie Blackmon didn't get hurt, he'd probably had numbers better than all of those other guys. Fowler is also tied for second in errors at NL center field by the way. I'll give Anthony Rizzo first base. With 15 doubles, 17 homers, 54 RBIs, and a .275 average he probably deserves it with his good defense. However Brandon Belt has 19 doubles, 10 homers, and is hitting .305. However I'd still probably have to give Rizzo this one. But none the less, he is the only one! Second Base, Third Base, Shortstop, and Outfield there are clearly other players better. And yet for some reason people would rather vote in the entire freaking Chicago Cubs lineup. People think the team that hasn't won a world series in a centurary is going to just magically dominate everybody. I don't see them making it there, I see them losing in NLDS quite honestly. They have no bullpen, and most of their rotation is spitting it. They will come back down to earth, and Jake Arieta will either come back down to earth, or he'll get caught on whatever he's taking...because I'm not buying the whole "pilates" storyline. He definitely borrowed some power pellets from Djokovic. Or maybe he's on that "gluten free diet". Arieta might be the real deal, and he was just a late bloomer. I won't go that far as to say he is spitting it, but I really am hoping he is. None the less, Jason Hammel? He'll come back down to earth for sure, Jon Lester probably will too. And their bullpen will catch up to them. Unless they trade for Chapman or Andrew Miller, which I heard they might, I don't see them going all the way. This Cub's team though has to be the most overrated team in baseball this decade. I've never seen anything worse. I won't deny they are good, but everyone is all over them way too hard, and their good players are being looked at like elite players, and the ones who actually are better than them are getting overshadowed. The good news is, it isn't often that a team like this who gets shoved down our throats by all the broadcasters and analysts, and is overrated by everyone as the "front runner to win the World Series" actually goes and wins it. And honestly, I had the Pirates winning the division until their slump. I still think if the Pirates get past the wild card round this year, they could take the Cubs in the NLDS. With Cole, Taillon, and Tyler Glasnow all in their rotation, the Pirates could be a much different team. However, they're going to have to get in gear because at this rate they won't even get over .500. The All Star game has become nothing more than a popularity contest. I honestly don't know why I even expected anything more nowadays. I used to think the best of the best got chosen, but that's obviously not the case. And to give the Cubs a little slack, Yadier Molina is leading the voting at Catcher, and even isn't putting up impressive numbers. True he's still got to be the best defensive catcher in the league but I think Posey, Lucroy, Ramos, and even JT Realmuto are all putting up better batting numbers. Ramos I think statistically might be better than Molina on almost every level, but I can understand why Molina would still get voted in. However, the excitement getting over the Cubs is quite out of control. Kris Bryant, Dexter Fowler, Addison Russell, and Ben Zobrist are NOT the best of their position. I'm sorry, but it's true. Personally I think Kris Bryant has the potential to be one of the best, but right now he isn't. Of course the All Star has become a popularity contest, and I guess I should simply accept that. It's all about viewership and money. I mean that's what every sport's all star games have turned into, so I can't say I'm not used to it. Does anybody want to debate this? I'd love to hear a solid argument on why Bryant, Fowler, Russell, or Zobrist deserve to be in the All Star game over Nolan Arenado, Y. Cespedes, Corey Seager, or Daniel Murphy.