Albert Almora Jr. Struggled More Than Any Other Cub in Second Half

Albert Almora Jr. posted a robust .319 batting average and .343 wOBA in the first half of the 2018 season (298 plate appearances), which prompted serious discussion about whether he should receive the majority of plate appearances going forward. Oof, those discussions ended too quickly after that.

In the second half of 2018, a perfectly healthy Almora limped to the season-ending finish line with a .232 average and .245 wOBA (168 plate appearances). No other Cubs hitter finished with worse run production.

I keep hearing Theo Epstein’s “production not talent” phrase over and over in my head when thinking of young players like Almora. While the 24-year-old can command center field with as much grace as the league’s elite defenders, I don’t think any of us would be surprised if his name comes up in hot-stove rumors this offseason.

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      1. Lol sorry were we watching different games? His run prevention was stellar and his batting average was far more then adequate for the defense he provided.
        Did he make a few mistakes at the end of the season? Yea, but that was pretty much standard from every cub last year.

  1. I really like Almora, although wouldn’t cry foul if he was included in a deal. Give him more consistent playing time and ABs, and he’s a .275 hitter with decent field coverage and a low K rate. Those 168 ABs in the second half were less than 38% of his season total. It’s tough to make adjustments as a hitter when you aren’t getting consistent reps.

    1. I am comfortable with a great glove in CF. That is what makes him great, not his bat. I blame his decline in the second half to inconsistent playing time. That is on Maddon.

      1. Almora is arguably the worst Cub when it comes to hitting RH pitching.

        Most pitchers are right-handed.

        Maddon played Almora less against them.

        This is somehow the manager’s fault for player better-suited players in advantageous situations. Noted.

        1. Lol Almora was getting better at hitting right handers. Btw how the fuck do you get better at something you struggle with if they constantly denie you the chance to better yourself the opportunity?

          Btw his run prevention alone is enough to warrant him starts against righties. I don’t want to see garbage centers embarrassing us like last year just because they were slightly better hitting righties.

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