Analysis

Cubs: Three Up, Three Down – Week Seven

After a rough week offensively the Cubs took advantage of a sub-par Cincinnati Reds pitching staff as they scored 25 runs over the course of their three game series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs swept the Reds and split a pair of games with the Brewers after Saturday’s game was postponed due to rain, wrapping up the week by winning four of five games.

The Cubs dropped the first of three with the Giants at home last night, but will look to get back on track this evening with Jon Lester on the hill. Before the Cubs look to even up their series with the San Francisco Giants this evening, let’s take a look at this week’s edition of “Three Up, Three Down.”

Three Up

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Javier Baez: After posting a 3-22 performance two weeks ago, and appearing on the lower half of last week’s edition of “Three Up, Three Down“, Javy Baez collected seven hits in 15 at-bats over the last week including a pair of home runs and seven RBI. Baez also scored four runs this past week, and launched a late-inning home run in the Cubs loss to the San Francisco Giants on Monday night. Baez is still searching for some consistency this season, hopefully he see’s similar results this week.

Ben Zobrist: Like many Cubs hitters this season, Zobrist has struggled to find consistency this season. After notching eight hits in 19 at-bats this past week and being moved up to the lead-off spot by Joe Maddon, Zobrist will be looking to stay hot this week. Zobrist hit two home runs and drive in four runs over his last five games.

Willson Contreras: The Cubs backstop went 7-19 this past week with two doubles and three runs scored while driving in seven runs over the course of his last five games. It seems like a tired narrative, but the truth is there when it comes to the Cubs offensive inconsistency, it seems like every top performer of the current week was buried at the bottom of this list the previous week.

Three Down

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Addison Russell: It’s been a rough season for Russell thus far and last week was no exception as he mustered up only three hits in 20 at-bats during his five games played over the last seven days. Russell struck out six times and drew only one walk during the last week and is now hitting just .216 through his first 40 games.

Kyle Schwarber: The great “Schwar-bino” has been anything but Babe Ruth like through the first quarter of the season. Through five games last week Schwarber went 4-18 with five strikeouts over the last week and was removed from the lead-off spot by Cubs skipper Joe Maddon. Through 40 games, Schwarber is hitting .184 with 49 strikeouts this season.

Mike Montgomery: Montgomery was tagged for five runs in his two appearances last week, good for a 16.88 ERA for the week. Montgomery allowed four hits and four walks while striking out zero opposing hitters last week.

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