Perhaps unsustainable, but still promising
Let me be frank. It’s not feasible to think Russell can carry a .350 average for the rest of the season. But that’s not what we’re asking for – or what the Chicago Cubs need.
The team needs him to put together productive at-bats, even when they result in an out. It’s about Russell driving the ball to all fields and taking what he’s given, instead of pressing and chasing out of the zone.
Chicago has too much of this young talent to think they’ll all perform as a model of consistency. There will be ebbs and flows. Should you need any further proof of that, look at the last two-plus months. We all know how painful some of the Cubs’ play has been at times.
If one-by-one, players like Addison Russell can get things rolling, we’re going to see more consistency from this club – at least offensively. With starting pitching looking up of-late, it’s time for the bats to hold up their end of the bargain.
And that starts with guys like Russell.