Chicago Cubs: Addison Russell showing improvement in second half

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In the second half of the season, Addison Russell’s improvements have coincided with the Cubs success. Although it isn’t necessarily a completely causal relationship, Russell has created a good precedent with these improvements. He has taken advantage of every opportunity this season (the position change) and continued to improve upon the things that he could control (swing mechanics, approach).  The Cubs need continued improvements from all of their players if they expect to make a run in the playoffs.

The Cubs are banking that four of their rookie starters can continue to grow quickly and help this team make the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Can Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell continue their hot hitting? Can Jorge Soler return from injury and continue to contribute? The answers to these questions will go a long way towards determining how successful the Cubs are for the rest of the season.

If the Cubs want to make the playoffs, Russell’s precedent must be followed. All four players, including Russell, must take advantage of every opportunity and continue to improve upon the things that they can control.

Stats don’t include results of the Chicago Cubs game against the Cincinnati Reds on 8/31/15. 

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