Bryant will get going in the second half
In order to get back on track and try to salvage the 2017 season, the Cubs need to score more runs. To do this, they will need Kris Bryant to get going. Bryant is currently slashing .268/.396/.529 with 18 home runs and only 38 RBI. While the .396 OBP is encouraging, Bryant’s low batting average and lackluster RBI total may be cause for concern.
Despite a disappointing first half, Bryant has had success in the second halves of seasons. In 2015, his rookie season, Bryant finished the first half slashing .269/.376/.472 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI. While Bryant’s OBP fell in the second half, his batting average shot up to .282, and he slugged .505 in 73 games. In addition to that, Bryant clubbed 14 home runs in the second half and recorded 17 doubles, three more than his first half total.
While Bryant only played in 69 games in the second half of the 2016 season, some numbers shown improvement. Going into the All-Star break last season, Bryant had a slash line of .286/.384/.578. While he slugged only .526 in the second half, Bryant hit .299 and got on base at a .385 clip.
These terrible show us that Bryant has been known to improve his play in the second half of seasons. For the Cubs, that is welcomed news.