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2017 RECAP

Record: 52 - 47

Last Season’s Fantasy Highlights

Anthony Rizzo rebounded from a down 2013 with his first of what should be many 30-plus home run seasons as he swatted 32 despite playing only 140 games. Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler and Kyle Hendricks all received some valuable experience. The Cubs may have found their long-term closer as Hector Rondon improved his strikeout and walk rates to well better than league average. But the biggest highlight was the emergence of Jake Arrieta as a fantasy force. Arrieta whiffed more than a batter an inning which suggests his leap was more fact than fluke.

What Has Changed?

The opening day starting pitcher will be free agent acquisition Jon Lester. The southpaw will be tasked with mentoring a young staff as well as providing veteran leadership and playoff experience. Miguel Montero was brought in to handle the pitching staff, pushing the defensively-challenged Welington Castillo to back-up (or out of town). Dexter Fowler will be manning center field, pushing Alcantara to a reserve role and another option in case Soler or Baez struggle.

What to Expect:

The Cubs will continue to play their youngsters in the hopes they mature on the job. As some point Kris Bryant, perhaps the prime jewel of their outstanding crop of prospects, will be handed the keys to the hot corner. If it all comes together this season, Theo Epstein still has the prospects and cash to be able to deal for more pitching. That said, Baez, Soler and Bryant all must demonstrate they can make enough contact for their power to manifest. The chances the stars align this season are minimal, but next year – look out.

This Year’s Surprise:

Of all the youngsters, Jorge Soler profiles as the one that can take the leap in terms of improving contact and plate discipline. Add this onto the fact his doubles power is bound to blossom into homers, there’s a couple of 30 home run campaigns in his future. A lot has to go right for that to be this season, but stranger things have happened.

2017 STANDINGS

# TEAM W L
1 Milwaukee Brewers 54 48
2 Chicago Cubs 52 47
3 Pittsburgh Pirates 50 51
4 St. Louis Cardinals 49 51
5 Cincinnati Reds 41 59

2017 YTD STATS

Catcher

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Willson Contreras (R) CHI C 89 293 37 80 56 18 0 16 24 2 79 3 2 .273
Victor Caratini (B) CHI C 9 17 1 3 1 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .177

First Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Anthony Rizzo (L) CHI 1B 98 360 58 91 62 19 1 23 51 7 51 5 2 .253

Second Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Javier Báez (R) CHI 2B 88 277 38 74 39 17 1 12 7 8 83 3 2 .267
Ben Zobrist (B) CHI 2B 70 246 30 56 31 12 2 8 30 1 37 2 0 .228

Third Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Jeimer Candelario (B) CHI 3B 11 33 2 5 3 2 0 1 1 0 12 0 0 .152
Kris Bryant (R) CHI 3B 92 335 63 93 42 19 3 19 59 4 82 7 4 .278
Tommy La Stella (L) CHI 3B 37 57 11 17 5 6 0 2 10 0 7 0 0 .298

Short Stop

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Addison Russell (R) CHI SS 90 294 44 70 34 19 3 9 19 5 75 2 1 .238

Left Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Kyle Schwarber (L) CHI LF 77 265 38 48 31 13 0 15 40 1 88 0 0 .181

Center Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Ian Happ (B) CHI CF 62 216 31 55 34 12 2 13 20 1 70 5 3 .255
Albert Almora (R) CHI CF 79 184 25 51 20 11 0 4 16 1 38 1 0 .277
Jon Jay (L) CHI CF 82 191 31 58 18 10 1 2 19 2 44 1 0 .304

Right Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Mark Zagunis (R) CHI RF 7 14 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 6 2 0 .000
Jason Heyward (L) CHI RF 70 251 32 66 38 8 4 7 19 0 38 2 2 .263

Pitcher

Player Tm Pos G GS W L Sv IP H HR ER BB K ERA WHIP
Brian Duensing (L) CHI RP 40 0 0 0 0 43.0 38 5 12 10 49 2.51 1.12
Felix Pena (R) CHI RP 10 0 1 0 0 16.0 18 3 8 6 13 4.50 1.56
Seth Frankoff (R) CHI RP 1 0 0 1 0 2.0 4 1 2 0 2 9.00 2.00
Jack Leathersich (L) CHI RP 1 0 0 0 0 0.2 1 0 2 4 1 27.00 7.50
C.J. Edwards (R) CHI RP 44 0 3 2 0 40.1 17 4 12 25 59 2.68 1.04
Justin Grimm (R) CHI RP 34 0 1 1 0 38.1 31 9 23 20 42 5.40 1.33
Koji Uehara (R) CHI RP 37 0 3 4 2 33.0 28 3 12 8 36 3.27 1.15
Pedro Strop (R) CHI RP 45 0 3 2 0 38.1 27 3 11 16 41 2.58 1.12
Jon Lester (L) CHI SP 21 21 7 6 0 123.0 114 17 54 36 126 3.95 1.24
Eddie Butler (R) CHI RP 13 11 4 3 0 54.2 50 4 24 26 30 3.95 1.43
Rob Zastryzny (L) CHI RP 1 0 0 0 0 4.0 3 1 3 4 1 6.75 1.75
Jake Arrieta (R) CHI SP 20 20 9 7 0 114.0 106 16 52 36 111 4.11 1.26
Brett Anderson (L) CHI SP 6 6 2 2 0 22.0 34 2 20 12 16 8.18 2.09
Wade Davis (R) CHI RP 35 0 2 0 20 34.0 22 1 8 15 48 2.12 1.12
José Quintana (L) CHI SP 20 20 6 8 0 117.1 106 16 55 41 128 4.49 2.09
Dylan Floro (R) CHI RP 3 0 0 0 0 9.2 15 2 7 2 6 6.52 1.76
Mike Montgomery (L) CHI RP 27 8 2 6 2 80.0 68 6 34 36 65 3.83 1.33
John Lackey (R) CHI SP 19 19 7 9 0 108.2 111 25 60 34 92 4.97 1.33
Kyle Hendricks (R) CHI SP 12 12 4 3 0 66.0 61 9 29 20 56 3.96 1.24
Héctor Rondón (R) CHI RP 42 0 2 1 0 39.2 33 5 19 17 49 4.31 1.26
Pierce Johnson (R) CHI RP 1 0 0 0 0 1.0 2 0 0 1 2 0.00 3.00

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