Tuesday night marked the 22nd time the Chicago Cubs have scored at least ten runs in a ball game during the 2023 season. Since July, all eyes have been on Cody Bellinger from an offensive standpoint, but Cubs slugger Seiya Suzuki deserves some love of his own.
Since being benched at the beginning of August, Suzuki has returned with a vengeance, launching seven home runs while driving 18 RBIs on top of 34 hits in his last 94 at-bats. That mark is suitable for a .364 batting average since August 9th. For the season, he has improved his batting line to .273/.344/.463 and .440/.481/.960 in September. Don't let his overall 118 wRC+ fool you; this recent stretch of games has been the version of Suzuki the Cubs have needed ever since they signed him. His 166 wRC+ in August has only climbed further to 219 in September.
Given the fantastic improvement at the plate, there is still room for improvement for Suzuki to reach new heights this season. In 235 ABs on the road, Suzuki has recorded a .298/.367/.519 mark, which is leaps and bounds above the .229/.306/.365 slash he has notched at Wrigley Field. Still, his 10-29 mark in the past eight home games is an improvement, and he will need to continue to build on with the Cubs eyeing a postseason berth.
For the fans, it will be a fun stretch of September games for the first time in 2020. For the front office, a vastly improved farm system that is already paying dividends at the major league level and, more importantly, has translated to winning games is enough reason for the Cubs to go all in this winter, regardless of how deep they make it this season. With players such as Suzuki now scorching earth, the Cubs have more and more dependable firepower, and the team seems poised for October baseball as they sit just 2.5 back in the NL Central, along with a more favorable 3.5 games up in the 2nd Wild Card spot.