Cubs: Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant through the years

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Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have been the driving force behind the Chicago Cubs franchise for the last five years, what should we expect in the future?

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have been the dynamic duo that has helped the Chicago Cubs be one of the best franchises in baseball over the last five years. They go together perfectly as Bryant is more of the quite, let his play do his talking, and Rizzo has been the vocal leader and the captain for the Cubs. They have produced some great numbers over the last five years together on the North Side.

Rizzo was on his fourth year with the Cubs and had already made a name for himself as he was selected to the All-Star game in 2014. 2015 was when Rizzo broke out as he batted .278 with 31 home runs and 101 RBI and was selected to his second consecutive All-Star game and finished fourth in MVP voting. The best stat Rizzo had all year was that he played in 160 games and had 701 plate appearances, which both lead the majors.

A big reason why Rizzo broke out in 2015 was this rookie named Kris Bryant. He, as we all know, did not make the big league club out of spring training and was called up in the middle of April. After he got the call, he answered it in a big way.

Batting .275 with 26 home runs and 99 RBI and winning the NL rookie of the year award and a trip to the All-Star game. Both Bryant and Rizzo helped get the Cubs to the NLCS for the first time since 2003 in 2015, and showed that the Cubs were a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.