It’s All-Star Game Tuesday as the two leagues will square off in San Diego tonight in the 87th Midsummer Classic (6:30pm CDT). Giancarlo Stanton put on a show in the Home Run Derby and beat Todd Frazier in the final round.
Johnny Cueto (NL) and Chris Sale (AL) were named the starting pitchers Monday. The first batter Chris Sale will see is the Cubs’ Ben Zobrist. And Zobrist has had a lot of success in his career against the Sox lefty (6-for-11 with one double).
Terry Collins and Ned Yost announced their starting lineups for Tuesday.
Terry Collins has Zobrist leading off for the National League, Kris Bryant hitting third and Anthony Rizzo is batting sixth. Addison Russell is ninth in Collins’ starting lineup.
National League Starting Lineup: 2B Ben Zobrist (Cubs), RF Bryce Harper (Nationals), 3B Kris Bryant (Cubs), DH Wil Myers (Padres), C Buster Posey (Giants), 1B Anthony Rizzo (Cubs), CF Marcell Ozuna (Marlins), LF Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies), SS Addison Russell (Cubs)
Ned Yost is running out a starting nine with four Red Sox and two Royals behind Chris Sale.
American League Starting Lineup: 2B Jose Altuve (Astros), CF Mike Trout (Angels), 3B Manny Machado (Orioles), DH David Ortiz (Red Sox), SS Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox), 1B Eric Hosmer (Royals), RF Mookie Betts (Red Sox), C Salvador Perez (Royals), LF Jackie Bradley Jr. (Red Sox)
The All-Star Game has always been a must-see event. With the Cubs’ entire infield starting for the National League, tonight’s All-Star Game will always be part of the history books regardless of the outcome or what incredible play or plays might take place.
After Monday’s media session, Jake Arrieta said he may not pitch in the All-Star Game. At the time, Arrieta had not said anything to NL manager Terry Collins. According to Jesse Rogers, Arrieta would still be available if Collins needs him to pitch but he would prefer not to pitch at all.
Rogers talked to Arrieta and he pointed to the recent struggles he’s had as the reason for not wanting to pitch in the All-Star Game, not the fact he wasn’t named the NL starter.
Arrieta was not disappointed about not starting the All-Star Game. Arrieta realizes he has not pitched well, especially his last three starts.
The Cubs must get Arrieta back on track. And regardless of the reason, it would be good for Arrieta to be an observer and enjoy all of the All-Star Game festivities and attention.
Dexter Fowler is in San Diego taking part in the All-Star Game festivities. Fowler will be introduced Tuesday but not play in the game.
Fowler is expected to resume his rehab assignment with one of the Cubs’ affiliates after the break. The Cubs have not given a timeframe on when he could return from the DL. According to a report from Paul Sullivan, Fowler told Pedro Gomez that he should be back in “no more than 7-10 days.”
It’s clearly safe to say that Fowler’s hamstring injury was significantly worse than the Cubs first indicated. There was talk of him avoiding the DL, but he has been out since June 19 (placed on DL on June 20) and will miss at least a month by the time he returns.
Fowler has handled the situation with the All-Star Game perfectly. He wanted to play in the game. Who wouldn’t? In the end he put his long-term health and team ahead of playing in the game.
“I weighed my options,” Fowler said to ESPN Chicago. “The fact that they would have to activate me and then I would have to play on Friday was the unknown. I’d be selfish to run out there for one game and then not know if I could play on Friday.”
Dexter Fowler hasn’t had any setbacks. He will be examined Thursday at Wrigley. His next step will be determined at that point.
Joe Nathan made his seventh appearance Monday for Double-A Tennessee in the Smokies 7-6 win over the Lookouts. Nathan pitched a clean inning on 12 pitches, seven for strikes. According to Justin Rocke, Nathan gave up a couple of hard-hit balls but still pitched the 1-2-3 innings. Nathan’s fastball was consistently at 92 mph.
Nathan has allowed two runs on three hits (two solo home runs) with no walks and six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings (2.70 ERA, 0.45 WHIP) in his seven appearances.
Joe Nathan is eligible to be activated from the 60-day DL on Saturday (July 16).
News, Notes and Rumors
• Tom Ricketts is not worried about Cubs’ struggles according to Jon Heyman.
• Kris Bryant leads National League position players in WAR (4.4) and trails only Clayton Kershaw according to Mark Simon.
• Addison Russell told ESPN Chicago he’s “already feeling rejuvenated” after arriving for the All-Star Game.
• Bruce Levine reported Chris Sale and the Cubs’ hitters are excited for All-Star showdown.
• Comcast SportsNet reported on Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant returning to San Diego for the All-Star Game.
• Kris Bryant is not the traditional Las Vegas-type according to Jon Heyman. Bryant doesn’t drink, has never had one, and has never placed a casino bet.
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• Andrew Miller told ESPN Chicago he “doesn’t believe he’s being traded anytime soon” but there is a possibility he could be dealt if the Yankees “remain far back in the playoff race.” Miller said, “The Yankees want to win. What they say is what they mean. The people that make the decisions, all they know is winning. That’s a big reason I signed here. That’s their plan until the absolute last minute.” Miller told Jesse Rogers that Jon Lester is one of the best teammates he’s ever played with. Miller understands why his name is brought up in trade rumors. He’s been through this before. Miller’s goal is to play well for the Yankees until he’s told otherwise.
• Andrew Miller just completed the most dominant first half by any reliever in MLB history according to Katie Sharp.
• Andrew Miller told Chris Cotillo, “If somebody blows them away, they’re going to take it. I don’t blame them. That’s the reality of it.”
• Henry Schulman doesn’t see the Yankees and Giants “as a potential trade match in what they’d want for Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman.” Schulman thinks Chris Shaw would fit, a left-handed power bat that projects as a first baseman/designated hitter. Schulman thinks the Yankees “must feel they match better with other organizations.” Shaw is 22-years old and is putting up good numbers at Double-A Richmond. Shaw’s overall season (at least the numbers) has not been as good, or close, to Dan Vogelbach.
• According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs are well-positioned for second half of the season in the standings and in the trade market. Levine brought up the Cubs possible interest in Josh Reddick, LHP Sean Doolittle and RHP Ryan Madson.
• The Sun-Times reported Kyle Hendricks is a fitting, worthy starter for second-half opener. And Gordon Wittenmyer explained why some have said Hendricks was snubbed for an All-Star spot.
• Armando Rivero earned a spot on the Pacific Coast All-Star Team. Rivero should pitch in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday. The Des Moines Register reported on Rivero’s path to Iowa began with a daring escape from Cuba.
• The Rangers could have a Surprise trade in the works according to Ken Rosenthal. There were 18 scouts at a Rookie League ball game in Arizona and multiple scouts from the Brewers were in attendance.
• Sean McAdam reported Jon Lester will not believe David Ortiz is retiring until next Spring Training.
• According to the New York media, Noah Syndergaard’s first start out of the break will be against the Cubs at Wrigley in the second game of the series (Tuesday, July 19).
• The Cubs have three of the top-selling player jerseys in Major League Baseball. David Ortiz (1) has sold more than Kris Bryant (2) and is the best-selling jersey in baseball. Clayton Kershaw (3), Anthony Rizzo (4), Mike Trout (5), Buster Posey (6), Jake Arrieta (7), Yadier Molina (8), Bryce Harper (9) and Noah Syndergaard (10) round out the top 10.
And last, but not least, Kyle Schwarber tweeted Monday, “Thanks for all the support during this process! Going to keep it going and grind! Not let’s watch the boys in the ASG tomorrow #WeAreGood.”
This Day in Cubstory
2012 – Cubs released Mike MacDougal
1998 – Cubs released Bob Patterson
1997 – Cubs signed amateur free agent Carlos Zambrano
1982 – Tom Gorzelanny, born
1977 – Bruce Sutter gave up a game-winning home run to the Mets’ Steve Henderson in a Cubs 4-2 loss to the Metropolitans. After the game Sutter asked to be excused from the All-Star Game due to pain in his arm. Bleeding was found in Sutter’s arm and he received the week of the All-Star Game off to rest the injury.
1965 – Ron Santo singled in Willie Mays in the seventh inning with the winning run for the NL. The Senior Circuit beat the Junior Circuit 6-5 at the All-Star Game at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota
1946 – Peanuts Lowry hit two singles and a home run and drove in seven runs in a 13-2 win over the Dodgers at Wrigley Field
1945 – Cubs won their 11th game in a row with a 6-1 victory over the Braves at Wrigley Field
1931 – The Cubs and Cardinals combined to 23 doubles and 43 extra basehits as the Cardinals beat the Cubs 17-13 in the second game of a doubleheader. The Cubs hit 10 doubles, Cardinals 13, three by Gabby Harnett, Woody English, Rip Collins and Gus Mancuso. An overflow crowd of 45,715 in St. Louis caused the umpires to rule that any ball ending up in the crowd would be a ground rule double.
1917 – Phillies selected Johnny Evers off waivers from the Braves
1910 – The legendary verse detailing the Cubs double play combination of Tinkers to Evers to Chance, entitled That Double Play Again, was published for the first time. When the ‘New York Evening Mail’ republished the same poem six days later it used the title by which it is known best, Baseball’s Sad Lexicon.
1905 – Mordecai ‘Three-Finger’ Brown notched the first of nine straight wins over Christy Mathewson. Brown allowed two hits in an 8-1 victory over New York.