Schwarber is out of the lineup against the Blue Jays on Friday. Schwarber will get the day off against left-hander J.A. Happ after starting seven of the past eight games. In his place, Ben Zobrist draws the assignment in left while Ian Happ mans the keystone.
Schwarber went 3-for-5 with a solo home run during Thursday's loss to Cincinnati. It's been a season of highs and lows for Schwarber, but even through all his struggles, he's still been able to provide fantasy owners with production in the homers column. Additionally, it's worth noting that he's now sporting a four-game hitting streak and has only struck out twice during that stretch. There are still shortcomings in Schwarber's approach at the dish, but there's also potential for him to catch fire and never look back.
Schwarber went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Reds. The two walks versus one strikeout were nice, and Schwarber now has a single hit in three straight games as well. He's still striking out a lot (44.4 percent strikeout rate this month) and his season average is still a miserable .197, but Schwarber's ability to draw walks has allowed him to post a .422 on-base percentage in August. Schwarber is looking more and more like the definition of a three-true-outcomes player.
Schwarber moves up to second in the batting order for Wednesday's game against Cincinnati. Wednesday will mark the first time since June 10 that Schwarber is hitting this high in the order, as he's been shuffling between the 5-to-7 spots for the past week. Since July 28, Schwarber has gone just 9-for-40 (.225 average) from the plate with 24 strikeouts, and hasn't recorded a multi-hit game during that span. It appears as though manager Joe Maddon is trying to rejuvenate the 24-year-old before the home stretch of the 2017 season.
Schwarber is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Reds. This is a rare day off for Schwarber against a righty (Luis Castillo). The Cubs will go with more of a defensive-minded group (Jon Jay, Albert Almora, Jason Heyward) in the outfield to support contact-heavy starter Kyle Hendricks. Schwarber is hitting .247/.350/.551 with seven home runs in 30 games since being promoted from Triple-A.