Cubs Quick Hits: Addison Russell Might Be Working Through Adjustments
Addison Russell’s early performance is hurting me. He started off looking like everything was clicking, but the last few weeks have been particularly brutal. Going into Thursday’s series against the Brewers, the shortstop’s wOBA is .263 and his wRC+ is 62. Ugh.
But his plate discipline looks really, really interesting. He’s swinging at roughly 25 percent fewer pitches outside the strike zone and making five percent more contact overall. Better contact and selectivity, though, haven’t translated to results.
Making more contact is a theme to the season now that Chili Davis is heading the Cubs’ batting instruction. Theo Epstein recently praised the team’s “awakening,” and several players (i.e., Javy Baez and Albert Almora Jr.) have really honed in on Chili’s preachings.
Theo Epstein to @DannyParkins: #Cubs undergoing 'an awakening' in regards to offensive approachhttps://t.co/5y6pT66wQ4 pic.twitter.com/oCZHG80ygc
— 670 The Score (@670TheScore) April 25, 2018
As for Russell, it might just be taking a little longer for things to sink in. Nevertheless, he’s seeing more pitches and making more contact. Over time, that refined approach could yield better overall numbers.