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Kyle Schwarber Continues To Struggle

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Kyle Schwarber Continues To Struggle

The Chicago Cubs roster is filled with star studded players like Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Wilson Contreras etc. Although Kyle Schwarber has not been one of those type of guys thus far in the season. After having a real struggle in the first half of the season. Kyle was demoted to Triple A Iowa, with hopes that he could return to his 2016 post-season form. It’s been more than a handful of games, and Kyle has still not been able to produce consistently or play solid defense. At this point, it’s hurting the Cubs to put him in the starting lineup.

 

Kyle Schwarber

Kyle Schwarber might as well be referred to as the man who was “over hyped in a small sample size”. Since his 2015 season, and his comeback in the World Series. Schwarber has been figured out and can’t adjust to opposing pitching. He is weak against LHP and can’t seem to get a good read on any sort of breaking ball. His average against lefties is a dismal .177, and against righties a little better but only at .197. Currently leading the team in strike outs, and ranked 28th in the league with 103. Doesn’t really convince you to keep him in the lineup.

 

Solution

We all know after this season both Arrieta and Lackey are both leaving Chicago. So, it would make a lot of sense to deal a struggling Schwarber to the A.L. in return for elite starting pitching. Now it’s not going to be as easy as dealing just Schwarber, another may have to depart as well. A couple names that can be added into a Schwarber trade are Javier Baez and Albert Almora. Which would allow both Jon Jay and Ian Happ to get more playing time, which is what the Cubs need right now. Until then, let’s hope Schwarber can get back on track and start contributing to the team. Although, you may not want to hold your breath waiting for it to happen.