Chicago Cubs News: Top three ‘villains’ having their way

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Chicago Cubs:  Wanted – Brewers Orlando “Ice-man” Arcia

Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia could almost be considered the ‘yang’ to our Cubs shortstop Javier Baez – who would be the opposite and be considered the ‘Ying’ (this, of course, depends on which team you’re rooting for of course).

It’s no secret that wild and wily Arcia has given the Cubs plenty of reason in the past to have cause for concern putting up a .487 OPS last season against the Cubs. This short season, however, Arcia has come back with a vengeance.

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Against the Cubs this short season, Arcia has a .381 BA, .409 OBP, .619 SLG and 1.028 OPS. That’s enough to make any hero scratch their head and look for justice. What’s inside that icy bag of Arcia tricks is just the typical eight hits, three runs, one triple and one stinky dinger.

Arcia has only struck out twice in 21 bats against the Cubs this short season.  Arcia walked (or should I say strutted) only once to first base under the chagrin of Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. That’s about the only good news in the Ice-Man Arcia report.

Just like our shortstop’s hero Baez, Arcia is usually the slippery ice that can garner stolen bases for the Brewers. His league record in 2019 was eight stolen bases, and although Arcia hasn’t been able to get anything this season on his ‘Yin’ counterpart (Baez), you can be sure he’s looking for that opportunity.

Our last and worst baddie (only cause we know him) is like a “Red Hood” comic character, the type that was once a good guy, but circumstances led him to the dark side of the house. He used to be one of the good guys wearing red, white and blue in Wrigley Field just last season.