Chicago Cubs: Analyzing the team and the ‘little things’

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Chicago Cubs: The ‘new’ guys taking charge of things

I got to say, these guys are good–relatively speaking. Happ has a slash of .481/.500/.815
with an OPS of1.315. He also has two home runs, three doubles and 11 RBI. Miller has 13 hits in 34 at-bats, plus eight stolen bases. Miller signed from the Minnesota Twins to a minor-league deal. David Ross should be intrigued by him as the 26th man. He’s a burner, and it shows.

P.J. Higgins is having a great spring. He’s slashed a combined 320/.469/.600 with an OPS of 1.069 with seven RBI, and he’s patient with seven walks. He started in 2015 with the Chicago Cubs, and it’s been a long road for Higgins. But he’s close to making the roster, and the 26th man what’s tugging at him.

One name we need to look at is Trent Giambrone. Giambrone has 12 RBI and a .458 in 15 games played. He’s got a .500 OBP and an OPS of 1.125. He hasn’t been anywhere near that level, but hopefully, he’s ‘getting’ it. Giambrone needs to ‘shake it off,’ so to speak. He needs to focus on that 25th spot. To be honest? He’s got a chance to lock it up, especially with the player changes they’ll have.

Okay. Let’s be honest. Daniel Descalso has not been very good. He has four hits in 25 at-bats, and no XBH (extra-base hits.)  Descalso has literally been awful.  To the point, he’s probably going to get released from his two-year contract.