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2017 RECAP

Record: 65 - 57

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 Chicago Cubs 65 57
2 Milwaukee Brewers 64 60
3 St. Louis Cardinals 63 60
4 Pittsburgh Pirates 59 64
5 Cincinnati Reds 53 71

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 102 339 46 93 70 20 0 21 31 2 91 3 3 .274
Victor Caratini (B) CHI C 17 41 6 11 2 3 0 1 1 1 10 0 0 .268
Álex Ávila (L) CHI C 89 253 33 68 42 12 0 14 46 2 91 0 1 .274
René Rivera (R) CHI C 55 177 16 41 23 4 0 8 6 3 54 0 1 .230

First Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Anthony Rizzo (L) CHI 1B 121 447 71 120 84 23 1 28 61 8 68 8 3 .268

Second Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Ian Happ (B) CHI 2B 81 266 41 66 44 13 2 18 25 1 90 7 3 .248
Javier Báez (R) CHI 2B 109 354 53 95 59 18 2 20 8 12 110 6 2 .268
Ben Zobrist (B) CHI 2B 92 319 40 72 33 13 3 8 39 1 51 2 1 .226

Third Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Kris Bryant (R) CHI 3B 116 426 81 123 55 27 4 23 68 4 97 7 4 .289
Tommy La Stella (L) CHI 3B 47 74 13 22 8 7 0 2 13 0 10 0 0 .297

Short Stop

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Addison Russell (R) CHI SS 97 319 46 77 36 20 3 10 20 5 81 2 1 .241

Left Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Kyle Schwarber (L) CHI LF 99 327 49 66 40 15 1 20 49 1 118 0 0 .202

Center Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Albert Almora (R) CHI CF 98 233 30 68 29 13 0 5 17 1 43 1 0 .292
Jon Jay (L) CHI CF 105 265 44 75 25 14 2 2 29 3 63 3 1 .283

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 91 325 45 82 40 10 4 8 26 1 53 3 3 .252

Pitcher

Player Tm Pos G GS W L Sv IP H HR ER BB K ERA WHIP
Brian Duensing (L) CHI RP 52 0 0 1 0 50.1 43 5 14 11 55 2.50 1.07
Felix Pena (R) CHI RP 11 0 1 0 0 17.0 18 3 8 6 16 4.24 1.47
Justin Wilson (L) CHI RP 50 0 4 4 13 45.3 31 5 16 24 60 2.68 4.12
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 56 0 3 3 0 50.1 22 6 20 30 73 3.58 1.05
Justin Grimm (R) CHI RP 39 0 1 2 0 43.1 35 11 26 23 46 5.40 1.34
Pedro Strop (R) CHI RP 55 0 3 3 0 48.2 34 4 16 19 52 2.96 1.09
Koji Uehara (R) CHI RP 44 0 3 4 2 38.2 33 5 17 9 45 3.96 1.16
Jon Lester (L) CHI SP 26 26 8 7 0 148.1 143 20 72 43 155 4.37 1.27
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 25 25 13 8 0 146.1 129 18 59 45 141 3.63 1.20
Wade Davis (R) CHI RP 45 0 3 1 26 43.2 28 4 11 23 58 2.27 1.19
Brett Anderson (L) CHI SP 6 6 2 2 0 22.0 34 2 20 12 16 8.18 2.09
José Quintana (L) CHI SP 25 25 8 10 0 145.1 130 20 69 50 155 4.49 2.42
Mike Montgomery (L) CHI SP 35 8 3 6 3 96.1 80 8 39 42 77 3.64 1.30
John Lackey (R) CHI SP 23 23 10 9 0 131.0 130 29 68 42 115 4.67 1.32
Kyle Hendricks (R) CHI SP 17 17 4 4 0 94.2 88 12 37 31 81 3.52 1.27
Héctor Rondón (R) CHI RP 49 0 3 1 0 47.0 43 7 24 20 56 4.60 1.34
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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