It only makes sense that Kris Bryant would be the first Chicago Cubs player to hit a home run into the newly-completed bleachers at Wrigley Field. On Monday night, the young slugger did just that, depositing a 2-1 pitch from New York Mets’ right-hander Jacob deGrom into the left-field seats.
The young third baseman is now has two home runs and 19 RBI since being promoted by the Chicago Cubs in early April. Halfway through Monday’s contest, Bryant is batting .265, as he’s cooled off considerably from his torrid start.
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Chicago has fallen back to .500 after dropping an extra-inning contest to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday for the first time since the four-game mark this season and after a rough road-trip, some much-needed home cooking is needed for Joe Maddon and his team.
The Cubs currently sit 6 1/2 games back of the first-place St. Louis Cardinals, in second-place in the National League Central. The Cardinals are out of action Monday, but will return to play on Tuesday against Cleveland Indians.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, who are just half-a-game back of the Cubs for second in the Central, are in action against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday.
In terms of the NL Wild Card, Bryant and the Cubs are 1/2 game out of the second spot in the National League. Washington and San Diego currently hold the two slots in the NL, while Detroit and Minnesota carry the top two American League spots.