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2017 RECAP

Record: 10 - 8

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 Cincinnati Reds 10 9
2 Chicago Cubs 10 8
3 Milwaukee Brewers 9 11
4 St. Louis Cardinals 9 10
5 Pittsburgh Pirates 8 10

2017 YTD STATS

Catcher

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Miguel Montero CHI C 9 24 4 8 2 0 0 1 1 0 8 1 0 .333
Willson Contreras CHI C 16 52 7 14 10 4 0 2 3 0 18 0 0 .269

First Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Anthony Rizzo CHI 1B 18 71 10 21 11 5 0 4 9 1 11 3 0 .296

Second Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Javier Báez CHI 2B 15 47 6 10 4 4 0 1 0 4 17 0 1 .213
Ben Zobrist CHI 2B 15 52 9 11 5 1 0 2 9 0 13 0 0 .212

Third Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Kris Bryant CHI 3B 18 74 11 17 10 6 0 2 10 0 19 3 1 .230
Tommy La Stella CHI 3B 6 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .250

Short Stop

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Addison Russell CHI SS 18 70 11 18 13 5 1 2 6 0 13 2 0 .257

Left Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Matt Szczur CHI LF 7 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .125
Kyle Schwarber CHI LF 18 68 10 15 8 4 0 3 12 1 25 0 0 .221

Center Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Albert Almora CHI CF 14 32 4 9 7 2 0 1 4 0 8 0 0 .281
Jon Jay CHI CF 14 27 6 9 2 0 1 0 3 0 8 1 0 .333

Right Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Jason Heyward CHI RF 17 64 8 19 12 0 1 2 4 0 11 1 1 .297

Pitcher

Player Tm Pos G GS W L Sv IP H HR ER BB K ERA WHIP
Pedro Strop CHI RP 9 0 0 1 0 6.1 3 2 4 6 8 5.68 1.42
C.J. Edwards CHI RP 8 0 1 0 0 7.0 1 0 0 3 7 0.00 0.57
Wade Davis CHI RP 9 0 2 0 4 8.1 3 0 0 2 9 0.00 0.60
Justin Grimm CHI RP 9 0 1 0 0 7.2 8 3 7 5 10 8.22 1.70
Koji Uehara CHI RP 9 0 0 1 0 7.2 6 0 2 3 8 2.35 1.17
Jon Lester CHI SP 4 4 0 0 0 23.2 23 1 7 6 21 2.66 1.27
Brian Duensing CHI RP 5 0 0 0 0 5.1 9 2 6 0 7 10.13 1.69
Jake Arrieta CHI SP 4 4 3 0 0 24.2 20 5 10 5 29 3.65 1.01
Brett Anderson CHI SP 3 3 1 0 0 14.1 16 1 7 5 11 4.40 1.47
John Lackey CHI SP 4 4 1 3 0 24.0 23 5 13 8 26 4.88 1.29
Mike Montgomery CHI RP 7 0 0 2 0 11.2 10 0 3 7 11 2.31 1.54
Kyle Hendricks CHI SP 3 3 1 1 0 16.0 15 4 11 6 13 6.19 1.38
Héctor Rondón CHI RP 8 0 0 0 0 7.1 2 1 1 4 10 1.23 0.82

2017 PROJECTIONS

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