The Stro Show was in full effect on Sunday as Chicago Cubs pitcher Marcus Stroman pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and whiffing 5.

When The Cubs Unleash The Beast, MLBbro Brennan Davis Will Win The Hearts Of Chicago Cubs Fans

When The Cubs Unleash The Beast, MLBbro Brennan Davis Will Win The Hearts Of Chicago Cubs Fans

Last year the Chicago Cubs closed the chapter on the core of their 2016 World Series-winning roster. By parting ways with Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, and Kris Bryant, the Cubs signaled an immediate shift towards the future of the franchise. Thus far in 2022 Chicago fans have already seen promising developments from new outfielder Seiya Suzuki, but the team’s next true building block is MLBbro Brennen Davis.

The Hype

The Chicago Cubs selected Brennen Davis in the second round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Throughout his minor league career, he has risen through the ranks and currently sits as the 15th ranked prospect in the MLB top 100 Prospect List. He has batted .272 and shown flashes of Gold Glove capability in Center Field. Davis’s pre-Covid hitting statistics in 2018 and 2019, .298 and .305 respectively, were more indicative of what the Cubs and their fans expected when drafting him.

Forced to sit out in 2020, due to the Minor League cancellation resulting from the pandemic, Davis has yet to post similar statistics last year and during the early part of this season. Still, Davis has shown flashes of brilliance and has an element of star caliber that simply cannot be ignored. In the 2021 MLB Futures game, Davis was awarded the MVP award for his two moonshot home runs. With raw natural power and blazing speed, he can instantly bring 30/30 capability to the Cubs lineup.

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Fast Track to Stardom

The 2022 season has gotten off to a rocky start for the Chicago Cubs. This season was always intended to provide an outlook into their immediate future. The sooner MLBbro Brennen Davis gets the call-up, the sooner his ascension can begin. MLBbro Jayson Heyward, who has been a stalwart in the organization since joining the team before the 2015 season, has been playing well in his 13th season. That being said, it would be more beneficial to the Cubs to remove him from the lineup for the young upstart Davis. This move should come sooner rather than later.

The Cubs would be providing the young star valuable experience, which he could use to overcome any growing pains alongside potential long term outfield teammate Suzuki. Although a quick glance at Davis’s slash line (.208/.307/.359) with the Cubs Triple-A affiliate, the Iowa Cubs, leaves much to be desired, the organization has enough evidence to give him a call-up in a transitional year.

Long Term Goals

Brennen Davis has expressed his desire to be in the Majors, and the Cubs understand they cannot keep his talent in the minors forever. A realistic expectation for Davis’s arrival seems like a September call up at the latest. But there is room for this to change.

A team with a need for a defensive upgrade in the outfield, or a veteran left-handed batter could be interested in Jayson Heyward, which could free up playing time for the Cubs top rate prospect. In the meantime, Davis should continue honing his skills in Iowa, and decrease his strikeout ratio, one of his biggest concerns in the early season. If all things fall into play Brennen Davis could be getting his call to the show before you know it.

 

The Stro Show Will Be Wrigleyville’s Main Event This Season As The Cubs Usher In A New Era of Baseball

The Stro Show Will Be Wrigleyville’s Main Event This Season As The Cubs Usher In A New Era of Baseball

After opting out of the Covid-shortened 2020 season, Marcus Stroman’s performance last year earned him a nice pay day over the winter as he signed a three-years $71 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.

Stroman, a member of the 2020 New York Mets rotation that featured 2021 All-Star and fellow MLBbro Black Knight pitcher Taijuan Walker as well as former two-time Cy Young award winner Jacob DeGrom. When it was all said and done, Stroman finished with the most prolific season out of the group.

Stroman is one of five pitchers who led the league in starts, with 33. The 3.02 ERA he posted was the second lowest of his career.  He held opponents to just a .242 batting average and, more importantly, stayed healthy for the entire season – he never missed a start.

It was not long ago that the Cubs snapped their 108-year World Series drought, in one of the most entertaining playoff series of the last decade.

Many thought a core of Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Dexter Fowler would become baseball’s next dynasty, winning not one, not two, maybe even three championships. Chicago would never reach that championship level again. The era of curse breakers was officially over after the 2021 season.

Despite the Cubs entering what appears to be a rebuilding phase and Stroman being one of the top available starting pitchers on the market, he decided to take his talents, grit and electricity to Chicago’s North Side.

No pitcher toes the mound with as much swag as Stroman, or has his assortment of durags in their collection, for that matter.  He has plenty of big-game experience including carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning during the Gold medal game of the 2017 World Baseball Classic against a stacked Team Puerto Rico lineup.  Stroman was eventually named the MVP of the tournament.

Not even the bright lights of the playoffs can phase him.  During the Blue Jays playoff run in 2015, Stroman joined their rotation after missing most of the regular season due to a torn ACL.  Stroman rehabbed at Duke University during his time off, while also working on getting his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology – which he would receive in May of 2016.

In Game 2 of the ALDS, Stroman threw seven innings, allowed three runs and allowed five hits with five strikeouts.

Stroman would get the ball later in that series in a winner-take-all Game 5 that climaxed with one of the greatest bat flips baseball fans have ever seen.  He pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out four as the Jays would advance following a 6-3 victory.

Stroman is also among the best fielding pitchers in the Majors. He won a Gold Glove with Toronto  in 2017 and made multiple plays to prove his case for a second in 2021 for his second – but was robbed and not even considered a finalist.

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Stroman will make his home debut at Wrigley Field this Saturday, April 9th, against a MLBbro-loaded Milwaukee Brewers squad including Devin Williams, Andrew McCutchen, Tyrone Taylor, and Lorenzo Cain.