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2017 RECAP

Record: 38 - 37

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 41 37
2 Chicago Cubs 38 37
3 Pittsburgh Pirates 35 41
4 St. Louis Cardinals 34 40
5 Cincinnati Reds 31 43

2017 YTD STATS

Catcher

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Miguel Montero (L) CHI C 43 96 12 28 8 3 0 4 10 1 24 1 0 .292
Willson Contreras (R) CHI C 66 206 24 51 34 14 0 7 17 1 60 2 1 .248

First Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Anthony Rizzo (L) CHI 1B 74 272 45 71 48 14 1 17 40 7 37 5 1 .261

Second Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Javier Báez (R) CHI 2B 65 204 28 53 31 11 1 10 5 6 54 2 2 .260
Ben Zobrist (B) CHI 2B 54 188 21 42 21 7 2 7 25 1 32 0 0 .223

Third Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Jeimer Candelario (B) CHI 3B 6 21 1 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 6 0 0 .143
Kris Bryant (R) CHI 3B 71 259 48 68 31 16 1 16 49 3 68 6 3 .263
Tommy La Stella (L) CHI 3B 23 40 5 10 3 3 0 1 8 0 3 0 0 .250

Short Stop

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Addison Russell (R) CHI SS 68 228 36 53 29 13 3 7 17 2 56 2 0 .233

Left Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Kyle Schwarber (L) CHI LF 64 222 31 38 28 10 0 12 35 1 75 0 0 .171

Center Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Ian Happ (B) CHI CF 38 130 21 34 22 9 1 10 13 1 47 1 1 .262
Albert Almora (R) CHI CF 62 148 21 40 14 9 0 3 13 0 28 0 0 .270
Jon Jay (L) CHI CF 64 135 24 43 12 8 1 0 12 2 32 1 0 .319

Right Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Mark Zagunis (R) CHI RF 4 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 1 0 .000
Jason Heyward (L) CHI RF 55 198 24 51 29 6 2 6 15 0 31 1 2 .258

Pitcher

Player Tm Pos G GS W L Sv IP H HR ER BB K ERA WHIP
Rob Zastryzny (L) CHI RP 1 0 0 0 0 4.0 3 1 3 4 1 6.75 1.75
Pedro Strop (R) CHI RP 33 0 2 2 0 27.0 22 3 11 13 30 3.67 1.30
Seth Frankoff (R) CHI RP 1 0 0 1 0 2.0 4 1 2 0 2 9.00 2.00
C.J. Edwards (R) CHI RP 32 0 2 1 0 30.1 12 3 6 14 41 1.78 0.86
Wade Davis (R) CHI RP 27 0 2 0 15 26.1 14 1 4 9 38 1.37 0.87
Justin Grimm (R) CHI RP 24 0 1 0 0 27.0 19 7 13 10 33 4.33 1.07
Koji Uehara (R) CHI RP 27 0 2 4 2 25.1 18 1 8 6 28 2.84 0.99
Felix Pena (R) CHI RP 8 0 0 0 0 12.0 16 3 8 5 12 6.00 1.83
Jon Lester (L) CHI SP 16 16 5 4 0 96.1 90 12 41 28 97 3.83 1.25
Zac Rosscup (L) CHI RP 1 0 0 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Pierce Johnson (R) CHI RP 1 0 0 0 0 1.0 2 0 0 1 2 0.00 3.00
Eddie Butler (R) CHI SP 8 8 3 2 0 38.2 34 3 18 20 25 4.19 1.42
Brian Duensing (L) CHI RP 28 0 0 0 0 32.1 30 5 12 8 36 3.34 1.18
Jake Arrieta (R) CHI SP 15 15 7 5 0 84.2 84 13 41 24 89 4.36 1.29
Brett Anderson (L) CHI SP 6 6 2 2 0 22.0 34 2 20 12 16 8.18 2.09
John Lackey (R) CHI SP 15 15 5 8 0 87.1 86 21 46 28 81 4.74 1.31
Dylan Floro (R) CHI RP 2 0 0 0 0 6.1 13 2 6 1 6 8.53 2.21
Mike Montgomery (L) CHI RP 22 4 1 4 2 57.2 42 2 13 26 45 2.03 1.21
Kyle Hendricks (R) CHI SP 11 11 4 3 0 61.2 53 9 28 20 51 4.09 1.20
Héctor Rondón (R) CHI RP 30 0 2 1 0 28.1 22 5 13 11 33 4.13 1.16

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