The Chicago Cubs’ David Ross wants Kris Bryant back, regardless of how it looks. In Ross’s mind, he wants Bryant in the playoffs.
The Chicago Cubs’ David Ross wants–needs—Kris Bryant in the playoffs. He can go 0-for-12 and make three errors. You know why? Because when you slide that 2016 MVP in your lineup, it feels good. Especially when David Bote hasn’t had any luck filling the void, specifically when he has an unspecified health issue.
Bryant hit in the cage and didn’t have any pain, Ross said. He’s hitting .195 with two home runs and five RBI. Still, Bryant is trending towards returning to the lineup–although Ross wouldn’t say he be available this weekend.
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"“I don’t know how hard he swung. But it was good that he was able to do the things he did today so far.”"
It’s been a weird year for Bryant. He’s a had a slash line of .284/.385/.516/.901
and an OPS+ of 137 between 2015 to 2019. This year he’s hitting .195 with an OPS+ of 58, almost 73 points below the norm.
A lot of guys are doing that, though. Javier Baez. Kyle Schwarber. Heck, Anthony Rizzo is doing it with a .224 average. Granted, he’s a slow starter. But in a 60 game sprint, that’s just about over? Off to the playoffs. That way, we can ‘start over,’ and everybody can start from scratch.
I see Bryant coming back from the oblique strain and starting over. I’m not saying he hits .500 or anything like that. But if Bryant can come back and be outstanding for his team, especially in the field? It’s a win/win.
To be honest? Bryant would be respectable hitting .500. And he has the chance to do it with a clean slate–and maybe a few home runs. Go get ’em, Kris.