One of the reasons why the Cubs was able to maneuver through a series of injury setbacks was that Kris Bryant was willing to move across the diamond. Most importantly, Kobe has once again reached the MVP level this season.
But in a 3-2 loss on the progressive court on Tuesday night, when Bryant was substituted in the sixth game against Cleveland, the Cubs encountered an unexpected panic. The Cubs announced that he had withdrawn from the game due to “bad weather”, but this is still a worrying development for the exhausted club.
Due to a tight back, the Cubs were also forced to remove shortstop Javier Báez from the lineup on Tuesday, who broke out on Saturday.
Before leaving Tuesday̵
When he left, Kobe hit .308/.396/.650 with the third-highest WAR in the Grand Slam (1.9 per Fangraphs). He has 9 home runs, 22 RBIs and 26 points, scoring 179 wRC+ (which means that his offensive performance is 79% higher than the MLB average).
From a commercial point of view, Kobe is a third baseman, but since April 20, he has never played hot corners again. Since then, he has bounced around the outfield and trained some first basemen, while filling in or providing rest for some teammates.