The Cubs added Kris Bryant to the IL, raising questions with no real answers.
If you were one of those fans who thought something was wrong with Kris Bryant and that he should have been resting and on the IL long before today, you can take solace in the fact that you were right. Unfortunately, that solace also means the Cubs have lost one of the best players they can put out on the field and one of the best players in baseball when healthy.
Granted, Bryant’s results this year haven’t been especially favorable (in a small sample size) and David Bote has filled in admirably, but… you don’t just replace a former MVP in the midst of his prime who has a lifetime OBP of .382.
So, maybe the curse of the leadoff man has transferred from the billy goat since winning the World Series in 2016, because nothing good seems to come out of it at all. It wrecked Kyle Schwarber for half a season, Ian Happ got sent back to the minors shortly after leading off with a bomb to start the 2018 MLB season and transformed Jason Heyward into a bum after he was having a solid season for most of last year. It seems like the only guy who hasn’t been completely messed up by that spot is Anthony Rizzo, but he’s not hitting a whole lot right now either.