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2017 RECAP

Record: 25 - 25

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 27 24
2 Chicago Cubs 25 25
3 Pittsburgh Pirates 24 28
4 Cincinnati Reds 24 26
5 St. Louis Cardinals 24 24

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 28 67 10 21 7 2 0 3 4 1 17 1 0 .313
Willson Contreras CHI C 43 137 16 33 23 8 0 5 12 0 41 0 1 .241

First Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Anthony Rizzo CHI 1B 49 187 27 44 30 7 0 12 23 6 27 4 0 .235

Second Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Javier Báez CHI 2B 44 142 21 37 23 6 1 8 1 5 38 2 2 .261
Ben Zobrist CHI 2B 42 143 18 37 18 6 2 6 21 1 27 0 0 .259

Third Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Jeimer Candelario CHI 3B 6 21 1 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 6 0 0 .143
Kris Bryant CHI 3B 47 181 34 50 23 12 1 11 32 1 45 4 3 .276
Tommy La Stella CHI 3B 16 23 3 7 2 2 0 1 8 0 2 0 0 .304

Short Stop

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Addison Russell CHI SS 47 168 26 37 19 8 3 3 15 1 37 2 0 .220

Left Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Kyle Schwarber CHI LF 45 168 21 29 19 7 0 7 26 1 57 0 0 .173

Center Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Ian Happ CHI CF 15 50 8 12 5 4 1 2 7 0 22 0 0 .240
Albert Almora CHI CF 41 100 15 26 10 5 0 2 8 0 16 0 0 .260
Jon Jay CHI CF 42 85 15 25 7 5 1 0 8 2 18 1 0 .294

Right Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Jason Heyward CHI RF 37 132 16 34 21 1 2 5 13 0 23 1 2 .258

Pitcher

Player Tm Pos G GS W L Sv IP H HR ER BB K ERA WHIP
Rob Zastryzny CHI RP 1 0 0 0 0 4.0 3 1 3 4 1 6.75 1.75
Pedro Strop CHI RP 21 0 0 2 0 16.1 12 2 6 10 19 3.31 1.35
C.J. Edwards CHI RP 20 0 1 0 0 18.0 6 2 2 8 24 1.00 0.78
Wade Davis CHI RP 19 0 2 0 10 18.1 8 1 2 6 24 0.98 0.76
Justin Grimm CHI RP 14 0 1 0 0 16.1 17 6 12 8 17 6.61 1.53
Koji Uehara CHI RP 19 0 1 2 1 16.1 13 1 6 4 18 3.31 1.04
Felix Pena CHI RP 4 0 0 0 0 8.0 9 1 3 4 9 3.38 1.63
Jon Lester CHI SP 11 11 3 3 0 65.1 64 7 28 21 67 3.86 1.33
Zac Rosscup CHI RP 1 0 0 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Pierce Johnson CHI RP 1 0 0 0 0 1.0 2 0 0 1 2 0.00 3.00
Eddie Butler CHI SP 3 3 2 0 0 14.0 9 0 3 10 9 1.93 1.36
Brian Duensing CHI RP 18 0 0 0 0 23.0 22 3 8 6 27 3.13 1.22
Jake Arrieta CHI SP 10 10 5 4 0 56.2 62 10 31 15 64 4.92 1.36
Brett Anderson CHI SP 6 6 2 2 0 22.0 34 2 20 12 16 8.18 2.09
John Lackey CHI SP 10 10 4 5 0 57.1 64 13 33 19 60 5.18 1.45
Dylan Floro CHI RP 2 0 0 0 0 6.1 13 2 6 1 6 8.53 2.21
Mike Montgomery CHI RP 17 0 0 3 1 33.1 23 1 9 18 23 2.43 1.29
Kyle Hendricks CHI SP 10 10 4 3 0 57.2 49 8 24 17 48 3.75 1.16
Héctor Rondón CHI RP 20 0 0 1 0 18.1 15 4 9 7 23 4.42 1.20

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