The Chicago Cubs went the distance last season. They left their mark in history. After clinching the NL Central with a record of 103-58 on the year, the Cubs were far from finished. In their 2016 season, there were only two options for the Cubs.
They wanted to go big or go home. Finishing off their season with the best record in baseball, and a 17 game lead over the second place team of their division was simply not good enough for the Cubs. They did not go home to say the least.
Instead, the Cubs went big. They went on to defeat the Cleveland Indians, and win their first World Series in over a hundred years. They have a title that is very new to them. Chicago is the defending World Series Champions.
This season the Cubs are off to another solid start, although it does not quite compare to last year. Chicago sits second place of the NL Central with a record of 39-37. Even the Cubs are not perfect.
They have battled some issues. It has been a rough year for one particular player on the Chicago Cubs roster, Kyle Schwarber. His struggles even led to a demotion, according to ESPN. Since returning from a knee injury in October after helping the Cubs put an end to a 108 year-long championship drought, Schwarber has not been off to a fiery start.
It was visible in his statistics. After hitting just .171 through 64 games, Chicago elected to send him down to Triple-A ball. They made their move on Thursday. It might not be a permanent role for Schwarber. It is likely temporary, until he starts getting back on his feet and connecting with the baseball.
Schwarber spoke on Monday saying that his demotion did not surprise him. He continued to say the numbers speak for themselves, and unfortunately he is right. Now the 24-year-old may be hoping his stint with Triple-A Iowa is a short one. As of now there is no timetable on his return to the big leagues.
On Monday he got the opportunity to join the team’s home game against New Orleans. He did not catch fire overnight to say the least. He went 1-4 on the night, striking out three times. On the bright side Iowa still escaped with a 1-0 victory.
Schwarber spoke on his situation saying it is nothing more than a demotion, and it is obviously something that a player does not want to have happen to them, it can even upset them. He continued to say that a player cannot push it, or anything like that. They have to try to get back into action, make things happen, start connecting again. He said, “You’ve got to go back to what made you successful in the first place.” The only direction left for Schwarber to go is up. He might be hoping that he can get things going soon.
Can Schwarber start connecting with the baseball? How long will the Chicago Cubs keep him in the minors be? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod