Need reasons to vote for #Cubs Rizzo for All-Star Game? Here you go

If you’ve got a few minutes today, why not go online and vote for your favorite Cubs for the All-Star Game. Here are some reasons to vote for first baseman Anthony Rizzo:

* According to MLB Network researchers, Rizzo is one of a handful of hitters who have above average slugging percentage against every pitch type:

Fastball: Rizzo .627, 12th in MLB (MLB average .424)
Curve: Rizzo .769, 9th in MLB (MLB average .324)
Slider: Rizzo .512, 29th in MLB (MLB average .352)
Change: Rizzo .552, 27th in MLB (MLB average .370)

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* He has 11 home runs and a career-high 10 stolen bases, and joins the Padres’ Justin Upton (12 homers, 12 steals) and the Pirates’ Starling Marte (12 homers, 10 steals) as the only three players in MLB in double digits in each category.

* Rizzo’s .449 on-base percentage is third in the Majors, behind the Nationals’ Bryce Harper (.465) and D-Backs’ Paul Goldschmidt (.463). Rizzo also ranks third in the Majors with a 1.045 OPS (behind Harper and Goldschmidt).

* Rizzo leads MLB with a .558 on-base percentage against left-handed pitching while his .425 average (17-for-40) ranks third in MLB. The next best left-on-left OBP belongs to the Giants’ Brandon Crawford at .500. Rizzo’s .625 slugging percentage against lefties is ninth among all NL hitters.

* Rizzo went 0-for-3 with a walk Tuesday to snap his hitting streak at 12 games. He batted .386 (17-for-44) during the 12-game run. With the walk, Rizzo has reached base safely in his last 16 games, and in 43 of his last 45 games starting April 20. Since that date, Rizzo has batted .343 (57-for-166) with 17 doubles, two triples, 10 homers, 26 runs scored, 30 RBI, 24 walks and a 1.101 OPS thanks to a .450 on-base percentage and a .651 slugging mark.

* Rizzo is the third different Cub with a 12-game hitting streak this season, joining Kris Bryant and Addison Russell. The Cubs have three players with a 12-game hitting streak (or better) in the same season for the first time since 2011 (Marlon Byrd, 16 games; Aramis Ramirez, 16 games; Starlin Castro, 13 games).

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T`is a pity Anthony plays in the same league as Goldilocks. I can even see why Adrian Gonzolez may be ahead of Anthony in the voting, as of Monday, but Matt Adams? We recently commented that all players need a day off from time to time. And that includes Anthony, of course. It would have been foolish to give him such a day during the `hitting streak,` but now that it`s over…… It`s my impression that Anthony is much like Royals` catcher Salvador Perez, meaning he absolutely hates coming out of the lineup. And have you taken a peek at how many All Star votes Perez has accumulated as of Monday? It`s north of 4.4 million to lead everyone on the planet.

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