Chicago Cubs: What will your favorite do in 60 games–or more?
Chicago Cubs: These two were not all smiles to start 2019
Before getting into the sour starters in 2019, there was one more decent start to 2019- Jason Heyward (before he was moved to leadoff), managed to put up a .246/.355/.421 slash line with nine home runs, which I think the Cubs would take in this shortened 2020.
On to the bad… Kyle Schwarber, despite hitting the ball really hard nearly all of last year, had an almost untenable first 60 games, putting up a slash line of just .227/.333/.438. While he did have 11 home runs, only tallying 23 RBI, six doubles, while also racking up 64 strikeouts isn’t gonna cut it for a guy projected to be hitting cleanup around those four aforementioned guys who had hot starts in 2019.
The much-maligned Albert Almora, whose season basically went in the toilet after the horrific foul ball he hit struck the young fan on May 29, didn’t have a great first 60 games, but it wasn’t completely atrocious. While he posted a .251 batting average, his .297 OBP certainly leaves a lot to be desired. In addition, he posted a .433 SLG which isn’t awful for a centerfielder if he plays great defense (something Almora also, unfortunately, didn’t do last season).
After that, Ian Happ wasn’t even in the big leagues for the start of last season, but his 2018 start wasn’t exactly mind-blowing either- .228 batting average and just 22 runs. However, his ending to the 2019 campaign was pretty darn good- as was Schwarber’s- so let’s take a look at that.