Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs wins a Silver Slugger Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 12 November 2016 at 1:32 pm

30-year old righty swinging pitcher Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs has won the first Silver Slugger Award of his career in 2016.  Arrieta played in 31 games for the Cubs last year and he was 17 of 65 (.262 avg, .720 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBI.  Arrieta has now played in 168 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 39 of 208 (.188 avg, .519 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 4 homers and 15 RBI.

Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs wins a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove Award in 2016

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 12 November 2016 at 1:18 pm

27-year old lefty swinging 1B Anthony Rizzo has won the his first Silver Slugger Award and Gold Glove Award in 2016 for the Chicago Cubs.  Rizzo played in 155 games for the Cubs last year and he was 170 of 583 (.292 avg, .928 OPS) with 94 runs scored, 32 homers, 109 RBI and 3 stolen bases.  Rizzo has now played in 751 games in his first six years in the show and he is 738 of 2,764 (.267 avg, .845 OPS) with 401 runs scored, 134 homers, 425 RBI and 36 stolen bases.  Rizzo only made 6 errors in his 154 games at 1B for the Cubs last year, good for a .996 fielding percentage.  Rizzo has now played in 743 games at 1B in his first six years in the show and he has made 35 errors and he has a .995 career fielding percentage.  Rizzo finally got his due in 2016, as he will also get a World Series ring!

Ben Zobrist of the Chicago Cubs was named the MVP of the 2016 World Series

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 3 November 2016 at 6:25 pm

35-year old switch-hitting Ben Zobrist moved to left field in the post-season to open up second base for Javier Baez.  But, his biggest contribution was being a clutch hitter in the World Series, especially in Game #7!  He was 0 for 4 coming up to the plate in the 10th inning of a tie game and he laced a double that knocked in the run that gave the Cubs a 7-6 lead!  Miguel Montero followed him with an RBI single, which was needed also, as the Indians scored a run in the bottom of the 10th.  Zobrist was named the MVP of the 2016 World Series last night!  He played in 7 games in the 2016 World Series for the Chicago Cubs and he was 10 for 28 (.354 avg, .919 OPS) with 5 runs scored, a double, a triple and 2 RBI.

The Chicago Cubs have co-MVPs in the N.L.C.S.

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well,The Playoffs,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 23 October 2016 at 8:18 am

The Chicago Cubs have co-MVPs in the N.L.C.S., as 23-year old righty swinging 2B Javier Baez and 32-year old lefty starting pitcher Jon Lester shared the award!  Baez played in 6 games for the Cubs in the N.L.C.S. and he was 7 for 22 (.318 avg, .833 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  Baez also made a lot of outstanding defensive plays in this series for the Cubs.  Lester started 2 games in this series for the Cubs and he was 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP.  He only gave up 9 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 9 batters in his 13 innings in this series.  He continues to excel on the big stage in his Major League career!

Anthony Rizzo is putting up another outstanding season in 2016 for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 28 September 2016 at 6:27 pm

27-year old lefty swinging Anthony Rizzo is turning in another outstanding year for the Chicago Cubs in 2016.  Rizzo has played in 151 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 166 of 569 (.292 avg, .932 OPS) with 91 runs scored, 31 homers, 105 RBI and 3 stolen bases.  Rizzo is currently the Cubs’ leader in RBI and he is also #2 in both runs scored and homers so far in 2016!  Rizzo made the All-Star team for the 3rd year in a row for the Chicago Cubs in 2016!  Rizzo has now played in 698 games in his first five years with the Cubs and he is 716 of 2,622 (.273 avg, .861 OPS) with 389 runs scored, 132 homers, 412 RBI and 34 stolen bases.  The Cubs hope that Rizzo keeps raking the rest of the way in 2016!

Kris Bryant is raking for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 22 September 2016 at 12:22 pm

24-year old righty swinging 3B/OF Kris Bryant has been awesome in his second year for the Chicago Cubs!  He has played in 147 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 170 of 576 (.295 avg, .951 OPS) with a Major League leading 117 runs scored, 38 homers, 99 RBI and 8 stolen bases.  Bryant has whiffed 147 times so far this year, but he has also walked 70 times for the Cubs in 2016.  Bryant has now played in 298 games in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 324 of 1,135 (.285 avg, .905 OPS) with 204 runs scored, 64 homers, 198 RBI and 21 stolen bases.  He has been an All-Star in each of his first two years with the Cubs and he was the N.L. Rookie of the Year in 2015!  Bryant keeps getting better and that has to scare opposing pitchers more than a little bit!

Jorge Soler came off the D.L. swinging for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 2 September 2016 at 1:38 pm

24-year old righty swinging outfielder Jorge Soler started this year slowly and then he got hurt.  But, since he has come back, he has been raking for the Chicago Cubs.  He has played in 72 games overall this year for the Cubs and he is 48 of 193 (.249 avg, .787 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 10 homers and 27 RBI.  Since August 1st, Soler has played in 22 games for the Cubs in which he is 19 of 63 (.302 avg) with 8 runs scored, 5 homers and 14 RBI.  As long as Soler keeps raking, he’s going to find his name in the Cubs’ lineup quite a bit moving forward.

Dexter Fowler of the Chicago Cubs is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 11 July 2016 at 12:56 pm

30-year old switch-hitting CF Dexter Fowler of the Chicago Cubs has been selected to the All Star team for the first time in his career.  He will miss the game due to injury.  Fowler has played in 64 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 69 of 238 (.290 avg, .881 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 7 homers, 28 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Fowler has now played in 1,003 games in his first 9 years in the show and he is 944 of 3,516 (.268 avg, .787 OPS) with 580 runs scored, 72 homers, 319 RBIs and 120 stolen bases.

Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 11 July 2016 at 12:52 pm

24-year old righty swinging 3B Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs is an All Star.  Bryant has been an All-Star in both of his first two years in the show!  He has played in 86 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 94 of 329 (.286 avg, .962 OPS) with a N.L. Leading 73 runs scored, a National League leading 25 homers, 65 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Bryant has now played in 237 games in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 248 of 888 (.279 avg, .896 OPS) with 160 runs scored, 51 homers, 164 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  Bryant is just scratching the surface of his potential with the Cubs!

Addison Russell of the Chicago Cubs is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 11 July 2016 at 12:47 pm

22-year old righty starting SS Addison Russell of the Chicago Cubs has been selected to the All Star team for the first time in his short career.  Russell has played in 83 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 69 of 291 (.237 avg, .731 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 11 homers, 51 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Russell has now played in 225 games in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 184 of 766 (.240 avg, .710 OPS) with 96 runs scored, 24 homers, 105 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Russell is just warming up, as his career is just starting.

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