BASEBALL IS THIS WEEK!
Josh and Ryan are going to be bringing you six players that will either fail or excel this year for the Cubs! If you need jerseys/shirts/memorabilia for the Cubs scroll below this post and grab you some.
The first page will include the players that will fail, and the second page with be the players that will excel! We hope you enjoy.
Ben Zobrist- Last season, Cubs utility player, Ben Zobrist, was nagged by a wrist injury, which caused him to put up his worst stat line in the last ten years. In 2017, he posted a .232 batting average with a 0.5 WAR in 496 PA. Many people believe that he will return to hitting .265+ this year, but I think the 36 (almost 37) year old will not improve. I know this is a small sample size, but in Spring Training the Zorilla is hitting .172 in 29 plate appearances. It would not surprise me one bit if we saw Zobrist not playing as much this season.
Yu Darvish- Darvish is a very good pitcher, but this year I expect him to struggle. If you look at Justin Wilson and Jon Lester’s stat line from their first year in Chicago, it is not great. Lester went from a 2.35 ERA to a 3.34, while Wilson went from 2.68 to 5.09. This may not have any correlation, but it is something that I have noticed. I also want to take a look at how Darvish did last season compared to 2016. In 2016, he posted a 11.8 K/9 with a 3.41 ERA, while his K/9 was 10.1 with a 3.86 ERA last season. With all the hype around Darvish, I expect him to fail this season, but I do think he will rebound next season.
Jason Heyward- Ever since Jason Heyward made the move to Chicago he has not performed to the level that many people believe he should be performing. Part of the reason that people are so hard on Heyward is his insane contract. Last season he did raise his batting average and OBP, but it still was not great. Heyward also has not performed well in spring training, as he has posted a .186 batting average in 43 at bats. If Heyward does not step his game up by the ASB we may see Albert Almora get more at bats.