(CBS) Two Chicago stars who have been stellar in the first half of the season haven’t earned All-Star Game bids yet but still can.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and White Sox left-hander Chris Sale are both among the final vote candidates — a system in which fans pick the final All-Star in each league.
Rizzo is hitting .276 with 17 homers and 45 RBIs and an .871 OPS this season. His stats stack up with or are better than those of the other four final vote candidates in the NL — Miami’s Casey McGehee, Colorado’s Justin Morneau, Washington’s Anthony Rendon and Atlanta’s Justin Upton.
Sale is 8-1 with a 2.16 ERA and a mind-bloggling 0.87 WHIP, numbers that outpace the other four final vote candidates in the AL — Houston’s Dallas Keuchel, Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, Detroit’s Rick Porcello and Los Angeles’ Garrett Richards.
A likely reason Sale isn’t on the All-Star team already is because he missed about a month with an injury. His 87 1/3 innings aren’t nearly as many as the other AL pitchers.
The All-Star Game is July 15 in Minneapolis. Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and shortstop Alexei Ramirez have already been named All-Stars.