No matter what the future holds, Kris Bryant offers a more than interesting production to the Chicago Cubs in this 2021 season.
Bryant has maintained an average of .303 so far, with 10 homers in 37 games, in addition to coming second in the National with an attendance / power (MPP) 1.032 average. It’s quite a comeback after only hitting for .206 in 2020.
The third baseman was the subject of many trade rumors this winter, but the Cubs finally brought him back to their lineup on a US $ 19.5 million contract.
Bryant will be able to enjoy full autonomy at the end of the season; he only needed one day of eligibility at the end of 2020. He lost a grievance against the organization. He claimed the Cubs delayed his recall in 2015 in order to push back his autonomy for a year.
The Cubs are sure to benefit from this year of additional control over the destinies of Bryant, who could enter the market after being far more successful than he would have after his disappointing season.
Despite his best efforts, the Cubs are still a game under the .500 mark. They won the Central Section title last year, but changes may soon be made to the roster.
Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo also have contracts that expire this season. Jed Hoyer, the president of baseball operations, said ahead of the campaign that it was unrealistic to keep all of the players who played a significant role in winning the World Series in 2016.
Cubs starters have an earned-run average of 5.03, the worst in the entire National League. This is what keeps the Cubs from being successful this season. They must hope that Kyle Hendricks’ performance on Sunday, one earned run in eight innings of work, portends better days on that front.
Speaking of performance at the mound: Only one team has a worse earned-run average for its starters than the Cubs, the Los Angeles Angels with their 5.38 ERA.
Mike Trout has been fantastic again so far and Shohei Ohtani already has a dozen home runs on his record, but it just might be Ohtani’s contribution to the mound that will be the most important for the remainder of the season.
The right-hander is 1-0 with an average of 2.10, but has pitched just 25 and two-thirds innings so far in five starts, in which he allowed 20 walks.