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July 5 update: Former Cubs Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber

A weekly check-in on these Cubs favorites.

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Without further ado, here’s what’s been going on with some of your Cubs favorites over the past week.

Javier Báez

After slowly improving through most of June, Javy had a bad week: .179/.172/.250 (5-for-28) with 10 strikeouts. You’ll note the OBP is lower than the BA — that’s what happens when you have a sacrifice fly but no walks.

Báez is having his worst year (except for the pandemic 2020 season) since his rookie year in 2014.

The Tigers actually won four of the seven games they played over the past week, including sweeping the Guardians in a doubleheader on Monday.

Also, remember the back-and-forth between Báez and Amir Garrett when they were with the Cubs and Reds?

That’s continuing with Javy in Detroit and Garrett in Kansas City:

Kris Bryant

Bryant returned to action June 27, covered in the last update.

Since then, he’s begun to hit a bit: .333/.364/.381 (7-for-21), though he still does not have a home run this year in 88 at-bats.

Anthony Rizzo

Rizzo played in only four games since the last update here and went just 3-for-13. Two of the three hits, though, were home runs. That gives Rizzo 22 home runs for the season and the Yankees have played 80 games, so he’s got a legitimate shot at his first 40-homer season.

Rizzo’s good week improved his road OPS to .790, compared to .890 at Yankee Stadium.

Kyle Schwarber

Schwarber went just 4-for-24 over the past week (.167) but two of the four hits were home runs.

This homer, last Tuesday, went a long, long way [VIDEO].

The homer, as you can see, tied the game — but the Phillies wound up losing 5-3. Schwarber’s 23 home runs currently lead the National League, one ahead of Pete Alonso.


If you had to pick just one of these four as your favorite among former Cubs, who would it be?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Javier Báez
    (270 votes)
  • 9%
    Kris Bryant
    (196 votes)
  • 58%
    Anthony Rizzo
    (1211 votes)
  • 19%
    Kyle Schwarber
    (402 votes)
2079 votes total Vote Now