Chicago Cubs: What will your favorite do in 60 games–or more?

Kris Bryant and crew, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Schwarber, Happ, Castellanos, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Chicago Cubs: These guys were nuclear to end 2019

The last few weeks of the 2019 season left a bad taste in a lot of fans’ mouths. Despite the acrimony that led to the departure of former skipper Joe Maddon and left the Cubs out of the playoffs for the first time since 2015, there were some stellar performances down the stretch (in basically the same 60 games calendar-wise as the ones we’ll hopefully be watching in 2020).

Obviously, fans remember the theatrics and fireworks put up immediately by Big Stick Nick- Nicholas Castellanos. Unfortunately, Castellanos was signed by the Reds (something that may come back to haunt the Cubs with the DH in play for 2020 and 2021 now) and won’t be back. So, Cubs fans won’t be seeing a repeat of the .321/.356/.646 slash line with 68 hits, 16 home runs, 21 doubles, 43 runs, and 36 RBI Castellanos put up in his 51 games with the Cubs.

What they may see are the numbers some of their other sluggers put up in the last two months of the season. Schwarber absolutely raked after the Cubs acquired Castellanos, producing a prodigious and long-awaited .285/.374/.622 slash line that came with 16 bombs and 45 driven in. While he didn’t hit a ton of home runs, Rizzo also raked during his last 60 games of 2019- a .314/.428/.500 slash line included that ridiculous high OBP that the Cubs will obviously take out of the two-hole in 2020.