The Cubs wrapped up the second week of May by dropping two of three to both the Colorado Rockies and the St. Louis Cardinals before getting a day of rest on Monday. The Cubs are currently 18-19 on the season, and sitting in fourth place in the National League Central entering play on Tuesday.
Before the Cubs look to rebound against their division rival, the Cincinnati Reds this evening, let’s take a look at this week’s edition of “Three Up, Three Down.”
Willson Contreras: The Cubs backstop led the team in hits over the last seven days with five of them in his last 15 at-bats, and that’s definitely a sign of just how bad the Cubs’ offense has been as of late. Two of his five hits came in the form of home runs as he drove in three runs on the week. It’s good to see Contreras getting back on track, both for the Cubs future, as well as my fantasy baseball standing.
Ian Happ: Yes, it’s that bad as of late, that a rookie who began the week in Triple-A is on the list this week. Happ joined the team in St. Louis and played in the final two games of their three game series with the Cardinals due to Kris Bryant being down with a stomach virus. Happ homered in his first major-league ballgame, and three hits in seven at-bats for the Cubs on Saturday and Sunday.
Eddie Butler: Another player, who began the week in Triple-A, Butler made his Cubs major-league debut on Friday evening in St. Louis. Butler started in place of the injured and highly ineffective Brett Anderson on Friday, tossing six scoreless innings for the Cubs, while allowing only a pair of base-hits to the Cardinals’ lineup. Butler will likely stick around in the fifth spot in the Cubs’ rotation so long as he can remain effective.
Kyle Schwarber: The struggles continued for the left-handed slugger this week as Schwarber managed to collect just one hit in 18 at-bats this past week. Schwarber is now hitting just .179 on the campaign, and is looking more and more lost in the lead-off spot as the days pass. It’s only a matter of time before Cubs skipper Joe Maddon slides Schwarber down to the middle of the order for a change of scenery.
Jeimer Candelario: The third and final Cubs prospect on this week’s list, Jeimer Candelario collected his first hit in his major-league debut last Tuesday in Colorado, unfortunately that was his only hit in five games this past week. Candelario went 1-17 in his first week at the major-league level, striking out five times.
Javier Baez: After joining the “Three Up” list last week, and looking like he was getting hot, Javier Baez went ice-cold this past week. Baez went 3-22 in six games over the last seven days, striking out five times in that span. Baez’s red-hot week now seems like more of an apparition than a trend, unfortunately.