Chicago Cubs: Albert Almora continues to hit, provide stellar defense

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He played a critical, underrated role in the team’s first World Series title in 108 years. Then, he followed it up with a robust performance last season while many of his teammates took steps in the wrong direction.

Albert Almora knows what he must do to stay in the lineup. And, at least thus far, he continues to do these things (rack up base hits, play solid defense) on a night-in and night-out basis. He’s probably never going to be a 20-homer guy atop the lineup. But, with the power that follows in the Cubs’ order, he doesn’t need to be.

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His skillset is a nice throwback to the outfielders of yesteryear. These guys weren’t concerned with hitting home runs or padding stats. Albert Almora has one concern: helping his Chicago Cubs win – from late March till late September, with an eye on more October glory.