Bryant breaks out for homer, three RBI
Bryant had just two hits in his previous 19 at-bats, with no runs batted in in that time, before breaking out Thursday. He hit a three-run homer off Marlins starter Jeff Locke in the fourth inning, his 16th of the year, and scored three of the Cubs' 11 runs in the contest. The 25-year-old is hitting a relatively mediocre .264/.393/.524 with 31 RBI, 48 runs scored and six steals, but there's plenty of time for him to go on a tear and make us forget about his early-season swoon.
Struggling Kris Bryant gets another day off
It's the second day off this weekend for the struggling slugger. Bryant is hitting just .194/.386/.403 over his last 21 games and his strikeouts have been piling up lately. Tommy La Stella is at third base.
Kris Bryant getting night off Friday vs. Bucs
It's a planned day of rest for the reigning National League MVP. Tommy La Stella will start at third base and bat seventh versus Pirates right-hander Trevor Williams.
Kris Bryant has jack and a bag in win Tuesday
Bryant drew a pair of walks, reaching base safely in four of his five plate appearances. He also swiped his fifth base of the season. His solo homer in the seventh inning came well after the outcome of the game had been decided. Bryant is having another impressive season, slashing .273/.403/.542 with 15 homers and 28 RBI.
Jay Bruce has two HRs (32 PAs) and a 96 mph aEV (16 BBEs) against John Lackey
Jay Bruce has two HRs (32 PAs) and a 96 mph aEV (16 BBEs) against John Lackey. That is the most abundant BvP information on this slate. Oddly, that elite exit velocity has resulted in just a .172 batting average (not something often quoted here) and only one additional extra-base hit. Three other batters have two HRs against the pitcher they are facing tonight in 12 PAs or fewer (Nomar Mazara vs Joe Musgrove, Kris Bryant vs Jacob deGrom, and George Springer vs Yu Darvish) with an aEV above 92 mph each, but with a combined 13 BBEs recorded by Statcast, essentially covering just a few games. In fact, only two other batters on the slate (Neil Walker and Nick Markakis) have more than 10 Statcast recorded BBEs against tonight's pitcher, both with an aEV between 91 and 93 mph, but without an extra-base hit between them. Melky Cabrera does have a HR and 94.4 mph aEV on 9 BBEs in 12 PAs against Wade Miley.
Kris Bryant mashes solo homer in loss
Bryant's solo home run off Tyler Chatwood in the first inning turned out to be the only run the Cubs would score in the game. For the season as a whole, the reigning NL MVP is slashing .268/.387/.540 with 14 homers and 27 RBI. He has homered three times in his last seven games.
Low temperatures and strong winds in several parks tonight.
We're a weak into June and yet several parks call for temperatures in the low 60s (Angels & Tigers, Marlins @ Cubs, Blue Jays @ Athletics) with Yankee Stadium (vs the Red Sox) not even expected to be that warm. In addition, the Weather page forecasts winds of at least 10 mph in all of those spots as well, blowing in from left field at Yankee Stadium and Wrigley. Similar conditions in Chicago yesterday were unable to keep Kris Bryant in the yard and we wouldn't expect the weather to factor against Aaron Judge either. Oakland may see a 13 mph wind out to center. They have some power in both lineups, while Marco Estrada has allowed eight HRs over his last six starts. If one single players is most positively affected by wind conditions tonight, perhaps it's Alex Avila with the wind blowing out 10-15 mph to right-center according to Kevin's early report. Avila already has been torching baseballs this year with his 58.2% of BBEs above a 95 mph aEV ranking fourth (30 BBE min.) and his 23.9% Barrels/BBE third among the same group of qualifiers. Tonight, he may get an extra boost against Jesse Chavez, who has allowed a .334 wOBA to LHBs this season.
Kris Bryant hits two-run homer
Bryant kept his 1:2 HR:RBI ratio; he has 13 homers and 26 RBI for the season. Not counting himself, he's driven in a total of three baserunners these last six weeks. He's probably not winning another MVP as a No. 2 hitter.
Lorenzo Cain has a 94.9 mph aEV against a pitcher allowing a HR every 13 batters this year
All six batters with more than 11 Statcast recorded BBEs against the pitcher they are facing tonight are Philadelphia Phillies against Bartolo Colon in a game that has an ominous weather forecast, while no batter even exceeds a 94 mph aEV and Freddy Galvis owning the single HR. While both Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran have two career HRs against Ian Kennedy both have a combined three Statcast recorded BBEs in the matchup and players have more than enough ammunition to support a Houston stack tonight. Kris Bryant has homered twice in seven PAs against Dan Straily as well, but has just an 89.9 mph aEV on six BBEs, while the wind is expected to be blasting in from left-center at Wrigley tonight (20 to 30 mph). Getting back to exit velocity (10 BBE min.), Lorenzo Cain appears to be the most interesting PvB play. He has a 94.9 mph aEV on 11 BBEs against Mike Fiers and has struck out just once in 13 PAs. This supports Fiers' tendency to struggle more against RHBs (.384 wOBA, 36.8 Hard%, 39.9 GB% since last season). He's averaging a HR allowed every 13 batters this year (18 total).
Kris Bryant swats solo home run
Bryant's blast to left-center field off of Lance Lynn in the third inning found the basket at Wrigley Field. It was the reigning National League MVP's 12th longball on the season. He had 13 dingers on this date last season.