These articles have proved popular, so I’m going to keep writing them. Please note that this doesn’t mean I want any of these players back on the Cubs; it’s simply acknowledging that these four are popular among Cubs fans and worth keeping track of.
Hey, it’s possible Javy might be finally coming out of his season-long slump. Since our last update here, Báez is hitting .321/.345/.714 (9-for-28) with three doubles, a triple and two home runs. He’s currently on a six-game hitting streak. That hasn’t helped the Tigers, who are just 2-5 during the seven games since the last update here.
Today marks one month since KB last played for the Rockies, still out with a back problem.
But, he’s on his way back:
Kris Bryant is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment on Tuesday with Triple-A ABQ— Danielle Allentuck (@d_allentuck) June 18, 2022
He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Tuesday, and the Rockies hope he’ll be back in their lineup this weekend. Check out these “Mariachis” uniforms he wore for Albuquerque in their game at Las Vegas Tuesday:
As we learned for years here in Chicago, Rizzo is a streak hitter, and he’s been on a hitting binge since the last update here. Rizzo’s last eight games: .375/.500/.875 (9-for-24) with four home runs. The interesting thing about that is: Three of the four home runs were hit on the road, where Rizzo previously had hit poorly this year.
That ball went a long, long way:
As is typical for Rizzo, he’ll probably hit like that for another week or so, then stop hitting for a couple of weeks. It’s just who he is.
Like Rizzo, Schwarber is who he is: A guy who hits for a low BA, but walks a lot for a good OBP, and hits for power. He showed that over the last week, batting .222/.432/.482 (6-for-27) with 10 walks.
He also had a two-homer game against the Nationals on June 16. Here’s the first one, a two-run shot [VIDEO].
Look how far that one went:
Those homers were hit in Philadelphia, but Schwarber has been better on the road so far this year, at least hitting for power:
Home: .214/.336/.437 (27-for-126), seven home runs in 35 games
Road: .212/.347/.525 (25-for-118), 11 home runs in 32 games
Three of these players have heated up as the weather has turned more summerlike, and I would expect this to continue for a while. We will see if Bryant can return to his previous form when he returns to the Rockies. I still wouldn’t have paid the money for any of these players, with the possible exception of Rizzo.