Cubs Quick Hits: Bryzzo Ranked Fifth Best Duo, Dodgers Boast Top Pair

Blaspheny! Bryzzo isn’t projected to be the best duo in 2017? Sadly, you read that right.

FanGraphs sought to find baseball’s best one-two punch by sorting through each team’s highest projected players. The Dodgers take home the award for best duo with Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager, who are projected to generate 11.9 WAR in total during the upcoming season.

Barely behind the LA duo is the other “Los Angeles” pact of Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons with 11.6 total WAR. And then, finally, Bryzzo arrives at fifth on the list, combining for 10.3 total projected WAR.

Team Players Player 1 Player 2 Top-2 WAR
Dodgers Kershaw, Seager 7.4 4.5 11.9
Angels Trout, Simmons 8.2 3.4 11.6
Red Sox Sale, Betts 5.5 5.4 10.9
Nationals Scherzer, Harper 5.7 5.2 10.9
Cubs Bryant, Rizzo 5.6 4.7 10.3
Indians Kluber, Lindor 5.2 5.1 10.3
Giants Bumgarner, Posey 5.1 4.8 9.9
Blue Jays Donaldson, Sanchez 6.1 3.4 9.5
Mets Syndergaard, deGrom 5.6 3.9 9.5
Astros Correa, Altuve 5.1 4.3 9.4
Orioles Machado, Gausman 5.9 3.1 9
Tigers Verlander, Cabrera 4.6 4.1 8.7
Rays Kiermaier, Archer 4.4 4.2 8.6
Rangers Darvish, Beltre 4.4 4 8.4
Diamondbacks Goldschmidt, Pollock 4.4 3.7 8.1
Marlins Yelich, Stanton 4 3.9 7.9
Rockies Arenado, Gray 4.6 3.2 7.8
Mariners Seager, Cano 4 3.6 7.6
Yankees Tanaka, Sanchez 4 3.4 7.4
Pirates Cole, McCutchen 3.7 3.6 7.3
White Sox Quintana, Rodon 4.4 2.9 7.3
Braves Freeman, Inciarte 3.8 2.6 6.4
Cardinals Martinez, Carpenter 3.5 2.7 6.2
Phillies Nola, Velasquez 3.3 2.9 6.2
Reds Votto, DeSclafani 4.1 1.9 6
Twins Dozier, Sano 3.3 2.6 5.9
Royals Cain, Duffy 2.9 2.9 5.8
A’s Cotton, Gray 2.6 2.4 5
Brewers Davies, Guerra 2.4 2.2 4.6
Padres Myers, Solarte 2.6 1.7 4.3
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Brendan Miller is a writer for Cubs Insider and co-host of the Cubs Related Podcast. Winning three straight OOTP World Series is his greatest accomplishment, but being a former top-50 player in MVP Baseball 2005 is a close second. Unashamedly, he owns a Ryan Theriot jersey.

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