Zobrist went 1-for-5 with two RBI in Sunday's win over the Cardinals. Zobrist only reached base once, but he delivered an RBI groundout in the first inning and an RBI single in the third to propel the Cubs to the 4-3 victory. Zobrist is still batting just .238, but his track record and manager Joe Maddon's confidence in him should lead to plenty of at-bats to close out the regular season.
Zobrist is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Mets. Zobrist has reached base four times in each of his previous two starts, but he'll get the day off as the Cubs look to complete the series sweep. Ian Happ is starting at the keystone in his place.
Zobrist went 2-for-3 with three walks and four runs scored in a 17-5 rout of the Mets on Wednesday. It's been a rough season for the versatile veteran, but his recent results have produced cause for optimism -- over his last nine contests, Zobrist's gone 12-for-28 (.429) with four doubles and seven walks. What thunder there was in Zobrist's bat is mostly gone now that he's 36, but he still has a good eye at the plate and makes a lot of contact, so it's not like his skills have totally eroded.
Zobrist is out of the lineup Sunday against the Brewers. Ian Happ will start at second base and hit fifth while Zobrist heads to the bench Sunday afternoon. Zobrist, who's hitting just .236/.321/.382 for the year, has gone 8-for-22 (.364) with a .900 OPS over the last seven games.
Zobrist is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Pirates. Zobrist will retreat to the bench following six straight starts, hitting .238/.320/.286 during that span. Ian Happ will get a start in center and Tommy La Stella draws the assignment at the keystone in his stead.
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