Chicago Cubs: What will your favorite do in 60 games–or more?
Chicago Cubs: Crazy Numbers from 60 game samples
Now that we’ve examined both the first and last 60 game samples from this past season, let’s take a look at some of the best stretches for your favorite Cubs. We already took a look at the best stretch Schwarber has had as a Cub last August and September.
How about the 2016 NL MVP? From June 27 to September 3, 2016, Bryant went on quite a tear- posting a .355/.455.662 slash line with 18 home runs, 40 RBI, 15 doubles, 34 walks, and staggering 57 runs. No wonder he took home some hardware that year. His “Bryzzo” other half has had even more crazy 60 game samples.
From April 13 to June 19, 2015, Rizzo posted a .314/.420/.606 with 14 home runs and 39 RBI. From May 29 to August 9, 2016, he posted a .333/.422/.636 with 13 home runs, 25 doubles, 45 RBI and 40 runs scored. Then, to adjust a little from his 2019 start already mentioned in a previous slide, from March 31-June 11, 2019, he put up a .289/.395/.569 with 17 HR, 46 RBI, and 40 runs scored. Let’s just hope the slimmed-down “best shape of his life” Rizzo is good for one of those runs in 2020.
Baez has had his own tears the past couple seasons, as he fell just short of NL MVP Christian Yelich in 2018 and his 2019 start. From May 27 to August 3, 2018, Baez slashed .330/.364/.595 with 11 HR, 45 RBI, 20 doubles, 12 stolen bases, and 39 runs scored.
From June 16 to September 30, 2017, Contreras posted a .308/.398/.602 with 16 HR and 49 RBI. Mind you, that tear was actually upended with a hamstring injury that occurred right in the middle. It probably sapped power and hits from an incredible run that could have been even better.
Whether the historical starts or finishes of your favorite Cubs bear any importance in this crazy shortened season, every hit and home run will be scrutinized that much more because there will be no throwaway games for David Ross and the Cubs in 2020.