Newly acquired Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan may be joining another powerhouse team: The National League All-Stars. In results released today, Coghlan has surged to third place among all National League outfielders with over 794,000 votes, trailing only fellow Cub Dexter Fowler (1,147,000 votes) and New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedis (812,000 votes). Washington National Bryce Harper fell to fourth place with 728,000 votes.
“To me, my vote was all about the numbers,” claimed Old Town resident Stu McGregor, who spent his Sunday afternoon voting for Coghlan the maximum 50 times on his iMac and another 50 times from a second account on his iPhone. “The Cubs are undefeated when Coghlan starts this year, while the Nationals are winning only about 60% of Harper starts.”
McGregor claims that although he has been more into the “analytic stuff” since Theo Epstein’s arrival in Wrigleyville five years ago, he feels he also can do some old-fashioned scouting.
“I also went by the eye-test. When I saw Harper play the Cubs last month, all he did was walk. I am not sure he can hit. I know Chris Coghlan can hit: he had a bloop single against Atlanta this weekend.”
While some analysts have speculated Cubs veteran David Ross may make a run at the catcher position, a new dark horse has emerged. Cubs backstop Tim Federowicz has overtaken Jonathan Lucroy and Yadier Molina. Federowicz trails leader Buster Posey by less than 2,200 votes.