In what was a devasting thing to many Cubs fans, Dexter Fowler is no longer a Chicago Cub. To add insult to injury, he’s a St. Louis Cardinal. Fans have voiced their opinions on this, whether it be via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. Some have said they’re happy for him and understand the opportunity and some have said….. well, the opposite.
Dexter Fowler had an amazing season for the Chicago Cubs this past year, which of course was capped off by a World Series Championship victory over the Cleveland Indians. Fowler was the lead off man for the Cubs, and was the reason for the phrase “You Go, We Go!”. When Fowler was in the lineup, the Cubs were much more victorious than without. Fowler batted .276/.393/.447 with 13 homers, 48 RBI, and 13 steals over 125 games this past season But, the Cubs have their man.
Welcome Jon Jay.
Jon Jay has been in the league for 7 season, having spent the first 6 with the St. Louis Cardinals (Last season with the San Diego Padres). He holds a solid .287/.352/.384 line over those 7 seasons, and is even better against right handed pitching.
Jon Jay will immediately step into the starting center fielder position and will share the playing time with Albert Almora, Jr. Jason Heyward can also slide over of need be. Over his seven seasons, Jay has 31 homers and 253 RBIs and the Cubs would love to see those numbers grow. The best season Jay has had is in 2011 with the Cardinals when he hit 10 homers and 37 RBIs in 159 games. He’d definitely like to top that, and easily could, in a season where he has a legitimate shot at a World Series.
One key question is does Jon Jay have a shot at the lead off position? I could see the Cubs giving him a shot at that. But, I’d also have to give consideration to a player like Kyle Schwarber or Ben Zobrist.
Yes, Cubs fans, Dexter Fowler is gone. Yes, Cubs fans, it’ll sting at the season opener April 2nd at Busch Stadium to see Dexter Fowler up to bat wearing red. But, Cubs fans, if Theo Epstein has shown us anything, don’t lose faith in Jon Jay and the Cubs upper management decisions.