Anthony Rizzo Wins Fan Vote, Joins Starlin Castro on the NL All-Star Team

Shortly after the Cubs fought back and beat the Reds Thursday afternoon, the announcement was made that Anthony Rizzo won the fan vote and will be joining Starlin Castro in Minneapolis for the All-Star Game.

Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro will represent the Chicago Cubs in the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday at Target Field.

Anthony Rizzo has bounced back from a disappointing first full season in the majors and put up the numbers to be named to the All-Star team without having to be voted in.

Entering play Thursday, Anthony Rizzo was hitting .280/.387/.512 in 89 games with 14 doubles, a triple and 20 home runs for a .899 OPS. Rizzo has improved with RISP and against left handed pitchers this season.

PrintAgainst lefties this year, Rizzo is hitting .289/.394/.530 with a .924 OPS that includes six home runs. And with runners in scoring position, Rizzo is hitting .233/.383/.411 with four doubles and three home runs for a .794 OPS.

Starlin Castro was hitting .279/.326/.450 entering play Thursday with 26 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs and 51 RBI in 90 games for a .775 OPS. Castro, like Rizzo, has bounced back from a disappointing season.

The Cubs will be represented by two 24-year olds in the All-Star Game.

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