Chicago Cubs: Ben Zobrist making strong push for the National League batting title

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Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers seems to have the National League batting title all but wrapped up. Despite being a long-shot, Ben Zobrist still remains in the hunt. In fact, the Chicago Cubs’ 37-year-old utility man is putting together one of his best seasons at the plate.

In his lengthy, well-established 13-year career, Chicago Cubs utility man Ben Zobrist has accomplished a great deal of achievements. He’s won two World Series rings, earned World Series MVP honors in 2016 and he’s been elected to the All-Star game three times.

But never in his career has Zobrist had a batting average over .300. It’s something he has always wanted to do and he has the opportunity to do that this season. The 37-year-old is currently hitting .310 for the Cubs with five games remaining on their schedule.

"“It’s been a goal for me to try and hit .300,” Zobrist said to Jesse Rogers of ESPN 1000. “And I’m over that number at a further part of the season than I’ve ever been. It’s more important that I have a quality at-bat, and whatever it ends up with at the end of the year, I’ll feel good because I’ve gone about the process the whole season the right way. If it’s not meant to be, I’ll shrug my shoulders, but if is, sure, I’ll be excited about that.”"

Zobrist put together a solid first half of the season to the tune of a .285 batting average but he has really surged since the All-Star Break. In the second half, the switch-hitter has been the Cubs’ hottest hitter, posting a .344 batting average.