Chicago Cubs: Seeing how former players fared this postseason
Chicago Cubs: Like postseasons past, Cubs outfielders mashed this October
Kyle Schwarber (Red Sox)
.205/.286/.432 with three home runs and six RBI in 11 games
The final stat-line does not look great, but he started off red hot. Schwarber in his first five games (Wild Card and ALDS) he slashed .326/.409/.632 with six hits and three walks in 22 plate appearances. Going 1-for-25 with seven strikeouts in the ALCS hurt his final 2021 postseason numbers. His one hit in the ALCS was a grand slam in Game 3 off Jose Urquidy. Schwarber now sports a career .878 OPS and nine home runs in postseason play.
Jorge Soler (Braves)
.242/.342/.606 with three home runs, six RBI and .948 OPS in 11 games
The 2021 World Series MVP honors went to the former Cub right fielder. Soler hit .300/.391/.800 in the Fall Classic with three home runs, including two game-winners. His Game 6 three-run shot off Luis Garcia that went over the train tracks at Minute Maid Park traveled an estimated 446 feet.
Soler only had two hits in the NLDS and NLCS before turning it on in the World Series, and he turned it on at the best time. While originally a guy considered to be a center of the Cubs’ future, in 2016 that changed and his playing time was greatly reduced in the regular season and postseason. However, this time around he got to be a regular contributor with the Braves.
Joc Pederson (Braves)
.205/.271/.409 with three home runs and nine RBI in 15 games
He was a Cub only for a few months, but Pederson was their most notable signing last offseason. After winning a World Series win last year, he gets another one (including beating his former team in Los Angeles in the NLCS) this year. Pederson added three more home runs to his career 12 postseason blasts. He did struggle in the World Series going 1-for-15 with no home runs or RBIs, but he had a great division series against the Brewers with a .429 average and two home runs and five RBI.