These 3 2023 Cubs stats are absolutely mind-blowing

Defying the odds and doing things never seen before in franchise history, these Cubs are ready for October.
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3 absolutely mind-blowing Cubs stats: #1 - Cody Bellinger is putting together a monster second half heading into free agency

There's nothing I can tell you about Cody Bellinger you haven't already heard at this point. If not for missing a month early in the summer, he may very well be a contender for National League MVP. He's a shoo-in for NL Comeback Player of the Year and you can bet Scott Boras is seeing dollar signs right now, with Bellinger set up for a massive payday this winter in free agency.

In the second half, Bellinger boasts a 1.001 OPS that ranks ninth in all of baseball. He's slugging over .800 in September and continues to be an elite defensive player, regardless of whether he's patrolling out in center field or handling business at first.

Not only does his bat speak for itself, but there's just so much more to Bellinger's game than driving the ball into the Wrigley Field bleachers. He runs tremendously well (his 19 steals is second only to Nico Hoerner on the team) and has great baseball IQ. He's transformed his swing and approach at the plate, delivering monster numbers against lefties and turning him into one of the most well-rounded offensive threats in the game today.

The Cubs might have a balanced offense with multiple weapons and a mix that can string together hits and manufacture runs with the best of them. But it's no mistake that when Chicago wins, Bellinger's OPS is nearly 150 points higher than when they lose. He's more than capable of putting a team on his back, as he's shown demonstrated time and time again down the stretch.

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