The Cubs enter the month of May leading the National League Central by a small margin, and have been much more normal than historical thus far, and they’re good with that. Most veterans who were apart of the special 2016 season are stressing the fact that what the Cubs did last season was a historical feat, and shouldn’t be the bar of measure in 2017, and they’re probably right. Let’s take a look at the best and worst individual performers from last week’s action.
Jon Jay: The center-fielder of choice lately for Manager Joe Maddon has continued to post some of the more consistent production on the team as we close the first month of the season, with Jay collecting five hits in 13 at-bats this past week, he now sits at .366 on the season, best on the team for players with over 40 at-bats. With Albert Almora coming back to earth offensively, Jay should see some more time in center field now that the Almora chants have subsided somewhat.
Kris Bryant: His best week of the season thus far, collecting eight hits in 21 at-bats over the last seven days including a pair of home runs and three RBI for the Cubs. One of his two long balls was a green monster shot, landing somewhere in the vicinity of the spot in which his father proposed to his mother at, pretty neat story behind that making the home run that much more special for Bryant.
Kyle Hendricks: Like Bryant, this was Kyle Hendricks’ best week thus far, tossing 12 innings of two-run baseball over his last two starts, notching a victory and a no-decision in those two starts while allowing only seven hits to opposing hitters during the past week, in a preview of what is hopefully Hendricks starting to feel like himself moving forward.
Brett Anderson: Monday night was ugly for Brett Anderson, getting shelled by the Phillies in front of the Wrigley Field crowd was not a good way to start the new month. Anderson surrendered seven runs on seven hits and one walk and was chased in the top of the second inning after just 1.1 innings of work as he took his first loss of the season, but saw his season ERA climb to a whopping 6.23.
Kyle Schwarber: It seems that Kyle Schwarber is human after all, as his last seven days were anything but special, recording just a pair of hits in 25 at-bats. Schwarber was retired via the strikeout 10 times over the last week, and only able to draw a pair of walks during that same span. The Cubs lead-off hitter is now hitting just .196 on the season, but I’m sure he’s just saving the in-human play for October, right?
Addison Russell: Last week was nearly as rough for Addison Russell as it was for Schwarber, which didn’t work out great for me either personally (Russell is on my fantasy team, step it up buddy). Three hits was all that Russell could scrape together over the course of his 21 at-bats this past week, and the young shortstop only crossed home plate one time in the last week. Joe Maddon gave him the night off on Monday evening, so hopefully Russell can get back on track on tonight when the Cubs continue their series with the Phillies.