An outfield collision with Dexter Fowler in his second game of the season resulted in a torn ACL and MCL for Kyle Schwarber. Much to everyone's surprise, Schwarber was cleared to DH in the World Series, and it was like he'd never been away. Schwarber went 7-for-17 in the Fall Classic with three walks to four strikeouts, even adding a stolen base for good measure in Game 7. The fact that he was able to jump right back in against high-level pitching after nearly seven months away (and only a couple games in the Arizona Fall League to shake the rust) speaks to Schwarber's immense talent at the plate. Unfortunately, he lost catcher eligibility and it's uncertain how often he'll man the backstop in 2017. Chances are, he will play primarily in the outfield coming off such a serious knee injury, and with the emergence of Willson Contreras. Regardless, Schwarber remains a highly appealing option as he's among the best young hitters in the game.
Schwarber is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers. Jon Jay will shift over to left field and Matt Szczur will lead off as Schwarber sits for the first time all season. Schwarber has already struck out 22 times in 54 at-bats this season, but he's also walked 11 times and hit three home runs (one off a lefty). The 24-year-old appears primed to continue playing close to every day for the Cubs.
Schwarber went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and a walk in Tuesday's win over the Brewers. It was also encouraging that Schwarber didn't strike out, as he had fanned three times in two of his previous three games. Schwarber is batting just .241 on the season, but he still has a solid .379 on-base percentage and .842 OPS. The 24-year-old should continue to lead off for the Cubs.
Schwarber went 1-for-5 and struck out three times in Saturday's loss to the Pirates. Schwarber is in a bit of a funk, as he's 3-for-15 over his last four games with nine strikeouts. He's still got a solid .365 on-base percentage, and he should start making better contact at the plate soon.
Schwarber went 0-for-1 in Monday's win over the Dodgers, but he reached base three times via walk. Schwarber isn't considered a prototypical leadoff hitter due to his power and lack of speed, but a patient eye at the plate is exactly what a manager wants to see from the spot. So far this season, Schwarber has a solid 17.6 percent walk rate and .382 on-base percentage. The Cubs will gladly take that kind of production.
Schwarber went 2-for-5 with his second home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Brewers. The blast came leading off the second inning against Milwaukee starter Zach Davies. Schwarber looks locked in as the Cubs' leadoff hitter as he's even started there against a left-hander. With a good spot in a dangerous lineup, he should have plenty more productive days this season.
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