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Schwarber Up Bryant Down

The Cincinnati Reds were looking for a save from someone other than Aroldis Chapman, so they turned to J.J. Hoover. The Cubs were down in the bottom of the 9th 4-2. Dexter Fowler then lines a hit in front of right fielder Jay Bruce on a 1-2 pitch. Which brings up Kyle Schwarber representing the tying run. Then, 9 pitches and a 3-2 count later Schwarber launched a pitch deep into the night and deep down the right field line to tie the game at 4 each. But the young rookie with 10 games in the big leagues was not done. Against the team he grew up rooting for as he was raised in Middletown, Ohio a 45 minute drive from Great American Ball Park he came to bat in the 13th inning. With 1 out and the bases empty and a 2-2 count he went down and got a pitch in the lower quadrant of the strike zone and won the game for the Cubs going 4-7 in the process.

BryantInfoYou have one rookie who is hot, and one rookie who is ice cold. And with the Cubs seemingly struggling to score runs on a nightly basis, even though he is a potential superstar and a fan favorite, he is also an automatic out at the present time. So what do you do with Kris Bryant? While Schwarber was going 4-7 with 2 home runs Bryant went 1-6 with 3 strikeouts. Being completely clean shaven can’t even get Bryant out of his funk, as he was in Cincinnati last night. The graphic shows you, he is hitting below the Mendoza line for the past month, and as the time decreases so does his average.

So, I went to the internet to take a look at the Cub’s 25 man roster to see who they could replace Bryant with to possibly give him a breather and discovered something awkward about the way the roster is reconfigured. The Cubs currently only have 4 outfielders on their 25 man roster, which is not unusual, but you must remember how young this team is. Then I noticed they are carrying only 5 infielders. Therefore, it is going to be difficult to give Bryant an extended breather without at least asking him to pinch hit, and hitting is his current Achilles heel. Continuing the look at the Cubs 25 man roster, I noticed they are carrying 3 catchers, which is the Jon Lester effect. What do I mean, they have to keep David Ross on the team as Lester’s personal catcher despite the fact that he is hitting .173 with only 14 hits, 4 RBI’s and 2 runs. Then there is the fact that they are carrying 14 relievers, which is strange on a major league roster.

 

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