Group of the month
There are really only two groups of players that need mentioning here. First, there is the bench.
Both Albert Almora and Jon Jay are being utilized as bench players, with some spot starts. Almora began hot but has cooled of late. Still, a slash-line of .279/.354/.488 is what the Chicago Cubs expected. Jay is showing why he is such a desired player. If he played more often, he would lead the team in average and on-base percentage. But, as it sits, he has not acquired enough at-bats to qualify. Add Montero to the mix, and the bench is solid.
However, the bullpen deserves the recognition this month. We mentioned their struggles to start the season earlier. It is what they have done recently that makes the difference. Carl Edwards, Hector Rondon and Wade Davis are virtually perfect right now. Edwards and Davis have yet to give up an earned run. And, after a rough start, Mike Montgomery is settling into a rhythm that made him valued in 2016.
While Justin Grimm and Brian Dunning have struggled, the rest of the pen is proving worthy of praise. Here is hoping they keep it up.