Chicago Cubs: PECOTA released, Cubs get a mixed bag
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No big surprises on offense
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The Cubs’ offense doesn’t have a single everyday player hitting .300. The closest to it? Willson Contreras with a .284. What’s more surprising is he beats out Kris Bryant (.281) and even Anthony Rizzo (.262) who finishes fourth behind Albert Almora (.272). If we’re going to hear anything about these numbers, it’s that Almora should be in the leadoff spot. Still to be determined, but he very well may get his chance.
Javier Baez sees his average tumble almost 20 points down to a .253. In all honesty, I think Baez will improve at the plate this season. Whether or not that stands to see a better average, I do see him being more patient and finishing around a .270 average.