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2017 RECAP

Record: 22 - 20

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 25 19
2 Chicago Cubs 22 20
3 St. Louis Cardinals 22 19
4 Pittsburgh Pirates 20 24
5 Cincinnati Reds 20 23

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 23 55 9 17 7 1 0 3 3 1 15 1 0 .309
Willson Contreras CHI C 37 121 15 30 22 8 0 4 10 0 37 0 1 .248

First Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Anthony Rizzo CHI 1B 41 159 21 36 24 6 0 8 21 5 26 4 0 .226

Second Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Javier Báez CHI 2B 37 121 19 30 19 6 1 6 1 5 32 2 1 .248
Ben Zobrist CHI 2B 37 127 15 31 15 6 1 4 17 1 24 0 0 .244

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 39 155 30 47 22 12 1 10 25 1 37 4 2 .303
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 39 149 25 32 19 8 2 3 12 1 32 2 0 .215

Left Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Kyle Schwarber CHI LF 39 151 20 28 18 7 0 6 24 1 49 0 0 .185

Center Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Ian Happ CHI CF 7 26 7 9 5 4 0 2 5 0 8 0 0 .346
Albert Almora CHI CF 36 88 15 23 10 5 0 2 8 0 16 0 0 .261
Jon Jay CHI CF 36 77 15 24 6 5 1 0 8 2 18 1 0 .312

Right Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Jason Heyward CHI RF 29 102 12 26 17 1 1 3 13 0 19 1 2 .255

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 19 0 0 2 0 14.1 12 2 6 8 16 3.77 1.40
C.J. Edwards CHI RP 18 0 1 0 0 17.1 6 2 2 7 24 1.04 0.75
Wade Davis CHI RP 18 0 2 0 9 17.1 6 0 0 5 22 0.00 0.63
Justin Grimm CHI RP 13 0 1 0 0 14.1 16 6 12 8 15 7.54 1.67
Koji Uehara CHI RP 18 0 1 2 1 15.2 12 1 6 3 18 3.45 0.96
Jon Lester CHI SP 9 9 2 2 0 53.0 52 5 21 19 54 3.57 1.38
Felix Pena CHI RP 2 0 0 0 0 5.0 7 1 2 1 4 3.60 1.60
Eddie Butler CHI SP 2 2 1 0 0 9.0 5 0 2 8 8 2.00 1.44
Pierce Johnson CHI RP 1 0 0 0 0 1.0 2 0 0 1 2 0.00 3.00
Brian Duensing CHI RP 15 0 0 0 0 19.0 20 3 8 3 23 3.79 1.21
Jake Arrieta CHI SP 9 9 5 3 0 50.2 57 8 27 14 55 4.80 1.40
Brett Anderson CHI SP 6 6 2 2 0 22.0 34 2 20 12 16 8.18 2.09
Dylan Floro CHI RP 2 0 0 0 0 6.1 13 2 6 1 6 8.53 2.21
John Lackey CHI SP 8 8 4 3 0 47.1 51 10 23 13 49 4.37 1.35
Mike Montgomery CHI RP 15 0 0 3 0 27.2 21 0 8 17 21 2.60 1.45
Kyle Hendricks CHI SP 8 8 3 2 0 45.2 38 6 17 17 38 3.35 1.23
Héctor Rondón CHI RP 17 0 0 1 0 15.1 12 2 6 6 17 3.52 1.17

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