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Cubs: Three Up, Three Down – Week Five

The Cubs enter the second week of May coming off of a rough weekend at Wrigley Field that saw the New York Yankees come into town and sweep the Cubs. After an eighteen inning affair with the Bronx Bombers on Sunday night, the Cubs caught a break from mother nature on Monday in Colorado, giving them a much needed night off, before they open their three game series with the Rockies with a Tuesday double-header.

Before the Cubs try to snap out of their recent funk, take a look at who’s hot and who’s not over the past seven days on the North Side.

Three Up

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Kris Bryant: After making last week’s Three Up list on the strength of an 8-21 week that included two home runs and three RBI, the defending National League MVP is back on the list for the second consecutive week. In his last six games Bryant collected 10 hits in 27 at-bats, two of which cleared the home run fence. Bryant also collected a triple, two RBI, and five walks this past week.

Javier Baez: In probably his best week of the season offensively, Baez posted a 9-25 mark in his last six games this past week. Baez notched a double, a triple, a pair of home runs and six RBI for the Cubs this past week and also swiped a pair of bases.

Wade Davis: The Cubs closer continued to look absolutely untouchable this past week, appearing in four games for the Cubs and firing four scoreless innings. Davis allowed no runs on only two base-hits in his last four appearances, holding opposing hitters to a .143 opposing batting average and a 0.86 WHIP.

Three Down

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Brett Anderson: Anderson stayed in the lower portion of this list for the second week in a row after getting shelled in the first inning, AGAIN on Saturday evening at Wrigley Field against the Yankees. Anderson was tagged for five runs on six hits and only managed to record one out before being lifted from the game, leaving the Cubs bullpen with 8.2 innings to cover. Anderson now sports a 8.18 ERA on the season, courtesy of 20 runs on 34 hits allowed over the course of his 22 innings of work. Opposing hitters are currently hitting .347 against Anderson who has a monstrous 2.09 WHIP.

Jason Heyward: Heyward had a rough week this time around, managing only one hit in 10 at-bats over the course of four games this past week. Heyward was moved to the 10-day disabled list on Monday morning with a hand injury that could explain his poor performance this past week. Hopefully Heyward can return to his early season form when he returns.

Willson Contreras: The Cubs’ young catcher turned in an awful performance this past week, as he was only able to deliver two hits in his 21 at-bats in his six games played. Contreras was struck out seven times in his 21 at-bats and was only able to draw three walks.


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