Chicago Cubs: Five reasons Kyle Schwarber will win the NL MVP

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Chicago Cubs: There is no better middle of the order in baseball than these guys

Boom. Boom. Boom. Lemme hear you say WAY OUT, WAY OUT. That’s not just a catchy paraphrase from 90s one-hit-wonders, The Outhere Brothers. It’s what you’ll hear and see when Kris Bryant, Rizzo, and Schwarber swing the bat in 2019. Add in 2018 N.L. MVP runner-up Javier Baez, Father Time’s nemesis Ben Zobrist, and bounce-back candidate Willson Contreras– you’ve got the makings of a seriously potent group of Major League hitters. If Jason Heyward and Albert Almora can even be average hitters, the lineup has the potential to score 800 runs.

Wherever Kyle Schwarber hits in the lineup, be it No. 2, 4, 5, or 6, he will have opportunities to do damage, and he will very rarely be pitched around. To have a monster year worthy of an MVP, it helps to have guys to drive in and then be able to go ahead and drive them in. With a lot of firepower in front of and behind him in the lineup, he will have every chance to put up huge numbers.

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While Schwarber isn’t on many analysts’ or media personalities’ radars for 2019 National League MVP, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the ability and the potential to make that happen.  The scary thing is, if all goes well, Schwarber might not be the only Cub vying for MVP honors, as the team has the potential to send four or five guys (including 2016 winner Bryant, Rizzo, 2018 runner-up Baez, and Contreras) into the running with great seasons.