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.

Ben Zobrist 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 12:43 pm

35-year old switch-hitting 2B Ben Zobrist of the Chicago Cubs has been named to the All Star team for the 3rd time in his career.  Zobrist has played in 83 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 89 of 304 (.283 avg, .855 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 13 homers, 47 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Zobrist has now played in 1,273 games in his first 11 years in the show and he is 1,231 of 4,621 (.266 avg, .790 OPS) with 700 runs scored, 140 homers, 614 RBIs and 109 stolen bases.  Zobrist can do it all on the baseball field offensively and he can play pretty much everywhere defensively!

Anthony Rizzo 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 12:40 pm

26-year old lefty swinging 1B Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs has been named a National League All Star for the 3rd season in a row.  Rizzo has played in 85 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 92 of 308 (.299 avg, 1.006 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 21 homers and 63 RBIs.  Rizzo’s 1.006 OPS is leading the National League right now.  He has now played in 681 games in his first six years in the show and he is 660 of 2,489 (.265 avg, .846 OPS) with 361 runs scored, 123 homers, 379 RBIs and 35 stolen bases.  Rizzo is on the rise, so I expect him to make a few more All-Star teams in the near future.

Willson Contreras is off to a great start of his career with the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 4 July 2016 at 6:48 am

24-year old righty swinging C/1B/OF Willson Contreras came into this season as the Chicago Cubs‘ #2 prospect according to Baseball America and he is showing why he was so highly thought of so far in the show.  Contreras played in 55 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs earlier this year and he was 72 of 204 (.353 avg, 1.035 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 9 homers, 43 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  That earned Contreras a promotion and his first shot at the show.  Contreras has played in 16 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 15 of 51 (.294 avg, .978 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 4 homers and 11 RBIs.  The Cubs have to be pleased with Contreras’ bat and his versatility in the field.

Kris Bryant had a monster game for the Chicago Cubs last night!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 28 June 2016 at 9:17 am

In the Chicago Cubs‘ 11-8 win last night over the Cincinnati Reds, 24-year old righty swinging 3B Kris Bryant did something that has not been done in Major League history, when he hit three homers and two doubles in the same game!  He was 5 for 5 with 4 runs scored and 6 RBIs last night!  The most amazing thing about his awesome game last night, is that he only saw 12 pitches in this game!  Bryant has now played in 73 games overall this year for the Cubs and he is 79 of 284 (.278 avg, .934 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 21 homers, 57 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He is leading the National League in both runs scored (59) and homers (21) right now!  Bryant has now played in 224 games in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 233 of 843 (.273 avg, .883 OPS) with 146 runs scored, 47 homers, 156 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.  He has whiffed 273 times so far in his career, but that’s a small price to pay for the power production he gives the Cubs.

Addison Russell has been playing well for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 15 June 2016 at 9:19 am

22-year old righty swinging SS Addison Russell has been playing well so far this year for the Chicago Cubs.  He has played in 58 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 47 of 203 (.232 avg, .685 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 5 homers, 33 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Russell is currently 4th on the Cubs in RBIs, so he has been pretty clutch despite the low batting average.  The Cubs got him from the Oakland A’s on July 5th, 2014 in the deal that sent out Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija.  Russell has now played in 200 games in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 162 of 678 (.239 avg, .693 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 18 homers, 87 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.

Ben Zobrist is rolling for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 9:17 am

34-year old switch-hitting 2B Ben Zobrist has found a new home with the Chicago Cubs.  He doesn’t have to worry about playing all over the field….as he is the starting 2B.  Zobrist looks happy in Chicago and the results have been very impressive so far in 2016.  Zobrist has played in 35 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 39 for 123 (.317 avg, .935 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 5 homers, 28 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Zobrist is totally locked in at the plate right now, as he has walked 28 batters while whiffing 16 times so far this year!  He has a .439 on-base percentage and he is #1 in walks, #2 in runs scored, #3 in homers and he is #2 in RBIs on the Cubs so far this year.  I see no reason to think that Zobrist is going to slow down any time soon.

Tommy LaStella is raking for the Chicago Cubs in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 12 May 2016 at 6:40 pm

27-year old lefty swinging infielder Tommy LaStella is raking this year for the Chicago Cubs!  LaStella has played in 21 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 18 of 52 (.346 avg, 1.039 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homers and 6 RBIs.  He has also walked more times (6) than he was whiffed (5) so far this year as he is totally locked in at the plate right now.  LaStella has now played in 54 games in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 36 of 119 (.303 avg, .864 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 3 homers, 17 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  If LaStella keeps raking like he is right now, Joe Maddon is going to have to find more ABs for him.

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