Bryant went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored during Monday's win over Cincinnati. While this was just the fourth home run since the All-Star break for Bryant, it was also his second in consecutive games, and he might finally be past the finger sprain he suffered July 19. It'll take a huge stretch drive to match last season's numbers, but Bryant is still posting excellent fantasy marks with a .296/.407/.539 slash line, 22 homers, 54 RBI and 77 runs for the campaign.
Bryant went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks. Bryant now has three straight three-hit games, and he's collected two doubles, a home run and four RBI in that stretch. He acknowledged over the weekend that a finger sprain suffered July 19 is still bothering him and that he's been receiving daily treatment to manage swelling. However, it doesn't look like the issue is slowing him down too much, as Bryant has a .294/.405/.530 slash line, which is similar to the line from his 2016 MVP season.
Bryant is still receiving treatment for a sprained finger on his left hand that he injured July 19, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Bryant said the finger is still swelling up, and he's receiving daily treatment to manage the injury. He described dealing with it as "brutal." Bryant is still producing at the plate (.289/400/.518 slash line), but after hitting 39 home runs last year, he's got just 20 this year and only four in his last 34 games. Bryant for his part said he won't blame his injured finger for the reduced power. "You deal with stuff like this all the time -- the sores, the aches and pains," he said. "This year, it happens to be my hand. I won't use that as an excuse for anything."
Bryant went 3-for-3 with a walk, a run and an RBI in Friday's win over the Diamondbacks. All three hits were singles, but fantasy owners can't complain too much about Bryant reaching base four times. The reigning National League MVP is slashing a solid .284/.396/.513, but with 20 home runs and 49 RBI, he's unlikely to match last year's totals of 39 and 102, respectively.
Bryant went 2-for-4 with his 20th home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Brewers. Bryant has now reached the 20-homer plateau in each of his three MLB seasons. Matching last season's 39 might be tough, but fantasy owners can't complain too much about a guy with a .920 OPS. Bryant should continue to get plenty of RBI and run-scoring opportunities in a strong Cubs lineup that has been productive since the All-Star break.
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