Cubs: Three Up, Three Down – Week Nine

After a forgettable win-less road-trip, the Cubs returned home this weekend to the first taste of real summer weather in Chicago and responded with a much needed sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals to climb back above the .500 mark, and back into a tie for first place in the National League Central.

Before the Cubs look to stay hot as they open a series with the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field this evening, let’s take a look at this week’s edition of “Three Up, Three Down.”

Three Up

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Willson Contreras: Contreras has been coming around as of late after a disappointing start to his first full season as the Cubs catcher. Contreras collected five hits in 13 at-bats for the Cubs this past week, bringing the 25-year old’s season average up to .253 with five home runs and 24 RBI through his first 150 at-bats.

Javier BaezAnother Cubs youngster who had a solid effort this past week was infielder Javy Baez who posted a went 3-9 with with a home run and a pair of RBI in limited action, appearing in only four games. Baez is now up to .265 on the season with nine home runs and 25 RBI.

Carl Edwards, Jr.: Edwards was untouchable out of the Cubs bullpen this past week, making four appearances and allowing zero runs, and zero hits during the course of his 3.2 innings of work. Edwards also struck out five hitters this past week and currently sub-one ERA (0.84) and WHIP (0.78) through his first 24 appearances this season for the Cubs.

Three Down

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Kyle Hendricks: Hendricks failed to make it out of the fifth inning in his only start this week, registering 4.0 innings pitched while allowing four runs on four hits and three walks on his way to a no-decision. Hendricks has allowed nine earned runs in his last two starts and has a loss and a no-decision to show for it. The 27-year old boasts a 4.09 ERA through his first 11 starts of the season. 

Kyle Schwarber: The good news is that Schwarber hit two home runs this past week, the bad news is, those two home runs were his only hits in his last six games. Schwarber wrapped up the week with a 2-17 mark that includes nine strikeouts as well.

Ben ZobristJoe Maddon‘s utility man Ben Zobrist struggled this week as well, having only one hit to show for the week in his 20 at-bats. Zobrist did draw three walks and score a run this past week, but seems to be struggling since the lineup shift that Maddon made a couple of weeks ago that removed Schwarber from the lead-off spot, and pushed Zobrist near the top of the order.

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