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Chicago Cubs: Addison Russell coming alive in month of June

Jun 22, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell (27) uses eye wash in the dugout before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 22, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell (27) uses eye wash in the dugout before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 4, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell (27) hits an RBI double during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
May 4, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell (27) hits an RBI double during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports /

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.

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