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2017 RECAP

Record: 92 - 70

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 92 70
2 Milwaukee Brewers 86 76
3 St. Louis Cardinals 83 79
4 Pittsburgh Pirates 75 87
5 Cincinnati Reds 68 94

2017 YTD STATS

Catcher

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Taylor Davis (R) CHI C 8 13 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .231
Willson Contreras (R) CHI C 117 377 50 104 74 21 0 21 43 2 98 5 4 .276
Victor Caratini (B) CHI C 31 59 6 15 2 3 0 1 3 1 13 0 0 .254
Álex Ávila (L) CHI C 112 311 41 82 49 13 1 14 60 2 120 0 1 .274
René Rivera (R) CHI C 74 218 23 55 35 9 0 10 11 3 70 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 157 572 99 156 109 32 3 32 80 11 90 10 4 .273

Second Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Ian Happ (B) CHI 2B 115 364 62 92 68 17 3 24 34 5 129 8 4 .253
Mike Freeman (L) CHI 2B 35 60 6 6 1 2 0 1 5 1 19 0 0 .067
Ben Zobrist (B) CHI 2B 128 435 58 101 50 20 3 12 52 2 71 2 2 .232

Third Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Kris Bryant (R) CHI 3B 151 549 111 162 73 38 4 29 90 5 128 7 5 .295
Tommy La Stella (L) CHI 3B 73 125 18 36 22 8 0 5 19 1 18 0 0 .288

Short Stop

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Javier Báez (R) CHI SS 145 469 75 128 75 24 2 23 15 15 144 10 3 .273
Addison Russell (R) CHI SS 110 352 52 84 43 21 3 12 24 5 91 2 1 .239

Left Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Kyle Schwarber (L) CHI LF 129 422 67 89 59 16 1 30 58 1 150 1 1 .211

Center Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Jon Jay (L) CHI CF 141 379 65 112 34 18 3 2 34 3 80 6 2 .296
Albert Almora (R) CHI CF 132 299 39 89 46 18 1 8 18 1 53 1 0 .298

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
Leonys Martín (L) CHI RF 49 128 14 22 9 3 1 3 7 1 33 7 4 .174
Jason Heyward (L) CHI RF 126 432 59 112 59 15 4 11 40 1 67 4 4 .259

Pitcher

Player Tm Pos G GS W L Sv IP H HR ER BB K ERA WHIP
José Quintana (L) CHI SP 32 32 11 11 0 188.2 170 23 87 57 207 4.49 2.43
Wade Davis (R) CHI RP 59 0 4 2 32 58.2 39 6 15 27 79 2.30 1.14
Jen-Ho Tseng (R) CHI SP 2 1 1 0 0 6.0 5 2 5 2 8 7.50 1.17
Justin Wilson (L) CHI RP 65 0 4 4 13 57.3 40 5 22 34 80 2.68 3.04
C.J. Edwards (R) CHI RP 73 0 5 4 0 66.1 29 6 22 36 94 2.99 1.01
John Lackey (R) CHI SP 31 30 12 12 0 170.2 165 36 87 50 149 4.59 1.28
Koji Uehara (R) CHI RP 49 0 3 4 2 43.0 38 7 19 9 50 3.98 1.16
Jon Lester (L) CHI SP 32 32 13 8 0 180.2 179 26 87 57 180 4.33 1.32
Dillon Maples (R) CHI RP 6 0 0 0 0 5.1 6 0 6 6 11 10.13 2.25
Eddie Butler (R) CHI RP 13 11 4 3 0 54.2 50 4 24 26 30 3.95 1.43
Jake Arrieta (R) CHI SP 30 30 14 10 0 168.1 150 23 66 52 163 3.53 1.22
Justin Grimm (R) CHI RP 50 0 1 2 1 55.1 47 12 34 27 59 5.53 1.34
Mike Montgomery (L) CHI RP 44 14 7 8 3 130.2 103 10 49 51 100 3.38 1.21
Pedro Strop (R) CHI RP 69 0 5 4 0 60.1 45 4 19 25 65 2.83 1.18
Héctor Rondón (R) CHI RP 61 0 4 1 0 57.1 50 10 27 20 69 4.24 1.22
Kyle Hendricks (R) CHI SP 24 24 7 5 0 139.2 126 17 47 39 123 3.03 1.19
Rob Zastryzny (L) CHI RP 4 0 0 0 0 13.0 19 2 12 7 11 8.31 2.00
Luke Farrell (R) CHI RP 10 1 0 0 0 12.3 12 2 8 10 9 16.88 4.91
Brian Duensing (L) CHI RP 68 0 1 1 0 62.1 58 6 19 17 61 2.74 1.22
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