Cubs: Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant through the years

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2018 was a disappointing season for the Cubs. Mostly because they had the best record in the NL to the last day of the season when they had to play a game 163 against the Brewers and lost. Then went on to get beat by the Rockies the very next night in the NL Wild Card game. Both Bryant and Rizzo both had down years from what we saw out of them the previous seasons. As Rizzo batted .283 with 25 home runs and 101 RBI. Still substantial numbers out of the Cubs captain.

The most disappointing event of the 2018 season was KB hurting his shoulder trying to slide into first base. At the time, it didn’t seem like it was that bad of an injury, but this was one of those that lingered all season. The shoulder injury zapped all of Bryant’s power as he only hit 13 home runs and had 52 RBI. Those numbers were way down from what we were used to seeing out of the former MVP.

Heading into the 2019 season, the big question regarding the Bryzzo duo was if Bryant was healthy and able to bounce back from a down season. All offseason, he said that he was “good to go,” but no one knew if he would come back to the MVP form. Bryant bounced back in 2019 as he batted .282 with 31 home runs and 77 RBI and was awarded a trip to the All-Star game.

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Rizzo has just been the rock year in and year out for the Cubs. You pretty much know what his numbers are going to be before the season starts. In 2019 Rizzo had another solid season batting .293 with 27 home runs and 94 RBI.

What is there to expect in the future with the Bryzzo duo? Well, I think that there has been enough of a sample size to prove that if both healthy, they will both be outstanding. I believe as long as they both stay healthy, they will both continue to be All-Star caliber players for years to come.