Chicago Cubs: June set the groundwork for July and August

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Building the next group

First, the good. Anthony Rizzo has recovered from his slow start and hit the ball well in the month of June.  Rizzo posted a batting average of .320, hit six home runs and drove in 20 while posting an OBP of .429. And he did much of this while assuming leadoff duties for Joe Maddon. He’s recently slid back behind Kris Bryant, but we’ll see if that’s where he stays.

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Ian Happ was the hottest thing for the Cubs–then the coldest. Well, June was good to him. Happ hit .271 with eight home runs with 18 RBI. He did strike out 32 times for the month, but it’s still a learning process. He’s striking out better than once for every game played, but the Cubs will take his power potential for the time being.

Justin Grimm is a reason to have faith in Schwarber. Grimm was unable to find the strike zone and was shuttled back and forth to Iowa a few times. In June, he regained his mojo and has been one of the most consistent relievers in the bullpen. He’s posted 0.73 ERA in 13 games, allowing opponents to hit just .051 against him this month. He’s also struck out 16 in 12 1/3 innings.