The change for the Chicago Cubs’ Albert Almora and Ian Happ has been swift. And while Anthony Rizzo has been absent so far, he isn’t always going to be.
It seemed set in stone. The Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ was playing well and had earned the centerfielder’s job. Albert Almora, on the other hand, was struggling. And after the first at-bat of the season, it seemed we found out man. But that’s not how things have worked out. Happ has struggled most of the way; strikeout’s being his main issue. And Almora, he’s diving all over the place making plays. It won’t always be this way, but it is right now.
The Cubs have scuffled. There’s no denying that. One up, one down seems to be the way they go. One of the biggest reasons for concern for the Cubs’ is Anthony Rizzo. Although he was hurt, he’s struggling to get going at the plate. In 11 games, he’s batting .146 (7-for-48) with just one home run. But I’d be quick to remind you that Rizzo won’t be down for long. He’ll be back. And it’ll be in a big way possible.
For Javier Baez, there’s one thing that stands out. Swing. Baez hasn’t done any less than he has before, that’s for sure. But now he’s starting to swing at pitches in the zone. That’s turned out well for Baez as he leads the league in RBI. The question is will pitchers force him to draw walks? And more importantly, can he do it? That will be the next challenge for Baez as he learns to draw walks or swing wildly at pitches out of the zone.
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