Kris Bryant and Craig Kimbrel will represent Cubs at All-Star Game
CINCINNATI — The Cubs will have a pair of representatives at the MLB All-Star Game in Colorado next week.
Kris Bryant and Craig Kimbrel both earned nods to the Midsummer Classic that will be played at Coors Field on July 13.
Bryant, 29, leads the Cubs in just about every offensive category this season. After a single and a walk Sunday, he is slashing .272/.355/.511 this season (.866 OPS) with 16 homers, 42 RBI and 48 runs scored.
He has also been extremely valuable to the team as he’s played all over the field to account for the rash of injuries the Cubs have faced this year. He has started at least 10 games at five different positions this season: third base, first base, left field, center field and right field.
This is Bryant’s 4th All-Star selection, joining 2015, 2016 and 2019 as his other appearances.
Kimbrel was selected for the 8th time in his career and his first since 2018 with the Red Sox.
The 33-year-old closer has 20 saves this season and an eye-popping 0.59 ERA and 0.65 WHIP. He has struck out 53 batters in 30.2 innings after posting a 6.00 ERA in his first 2 seasons with the Cubs.
“It definitely feels good,” Kimbrel said. “I think making All-Star Games, it really just means you got off to a great start of the year. And that’s what I’ve done.”
Kimbrel also made sure to thank his teammates for helping to set him up for success, crediting the offense for building leads and the starting pitchers and other relievers for getting the game to the 9th inning.
“Those guys just put me in a good spot to be where I am,” Kimbrel said.
The All-Star nods come at a difficult time for the Cubs as a team, on the heels of their 9th straight loss Sunday.
“It is a little tough going through the stretch that we’ve been through,” Kimbrel admitted. “It is somewhat of a personal accomplishment — it’s a team accomplishment as well. Those guys put me in a position.
“It is a little tough. Right now all I’m really focusing on is getting a win and getting on a good streak.”