Willson Contreras: Going 11-for-23 with three doubles, two triples, three homers, and 12 runs batted in will guarantee you the top spot in the stock market report. Willson had an incredible week at the plate, including a day in which he drove in seven runs with four extra base hits on his bobblehead day. While he didn’t win National League Player of the Week honors, Willson’s stellar week at the plate was good for a .476/.500/1.174 line at the plate, good for 347 wRC+. Is it too late to add another Willson Contreras bobblehead day to the promo schedule?
Anthony Rizzo: It isn’t a coincidence that the offensive awakening coincided with Anthony Rizzo getting hot at the plate. Rizzo went 7-for-18 with two doubles, a pair of home runs, four walks, and nine runs batted in. That culminated in a .389/.522/.833 slash line, worth 259 wRC+. Don’t look now, but the anchor of this Cubs lineup seems to have turned the corner after a dismal April at the plate.
Kris Bryant: When the heart of your lineup finds themselves in the Must-Buy portion of the Stock Market Report, it was probably a good offensive output for the week. Bryant went 7-for-20 on the week, with two doubles, three home runs, six runs batted in, six walks, and 11 runs (!!). This amounted to a .350/.536/.900 week at the plate, amounting to a 268 wRC+.
First Inning Runs: The Cubs scored a first inning run in all but one of the games last week, outscoring their opponents 14-0 in the first frame. It’s always advantageous to jump out to an early lead, and a 5-1 record over the week proves just that.
Kyle Hendricks: If Hendricks had won on Sunday, he would have found himself in the section above. Nevertheless, Cyle had a great week on the mound, including an eight-inning, two run effort against the Marlins after the bullpen had been taxed the day before in a 14-inning loss against the Cardinals. Hendricks followed up his outstanding outing with six innings and three earned runs against the White Sox. That’s good for a win on most days, but a Willson Contreras error and poor situational hitting earned him the loss. Overall, it was a solid week from Kyle, who has been as good as advertised so far this year.
Justin Wilson: Wilson quietly had a solid week out of the pen, facing ten batters over three innings and retiring all but one of them. Perhaps more importantly, he didn’t walk anyone. That’s now six appearances in a row in which Wilson hasn’t allowed a run, lowering his ERA to a formidable 3.52.
Ian Happ: Happ went 5-for-20 at the plate this week with a double, two home runs, and six runs batted in, good for a .250/.318/.600 line worth 145 wRC+. He’s still striking out at nearly a 50% clip, but it was a productive week at the plate for Ian.
Losing to the White Sox: After taking an early 2-0 against the White Sox on Sunday, it looked like the Cubs were well on their way to a sweep, and a 6-0 record on the week. As we all know, they coughed up the lead and lost the game 4-3. It was a frustrating loss for sure, and while it was the only loss of the week, it was extra sour since it was against the rivals to the south.
Buy: Beating up on bad teams is fun. After the offense had been sputtering for what seemed like an eternity, they broke out in a big way, scoring 63 runs over six games, good for more than 10 runs per game.
Sell: This last week means the Cubs offense is back. It was an incredible week for the offense, but it was against a bunch of scrubs on last place teams. Until the Cubs can do this against better teams, I’m not ready to say the Cubs offense is firing on all cylinders. This past week was definitely a step in the right direction though.
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