The Chicago Cubs have competed as a complete team as of late. The newly acquired Cub, Franmil Reyes, has dominated in his brief stint with the Northsiders.
Reyes was acquired via league waivers from the Cleveland Guardians on August 9th. Since then, he’s been one of the hottest hitters in baseball.
Franmil made his major league debut with the San Diego Padres in 2018 before being sent to the Guardians in 2019. Over his career, he’s been an above-average hitter. In 2022, Reyes has completely lost his power, as his slugging percentage is 100 points lower than his worst season. Reyes’ numbers are dependent on his impressive power-hitting. Reyes has hit 30+ home runs in two seasons during his short career. Most recently, Reyes hit 30 in 2021. It’s surprising the Guardians DFA‘d Reyes, especially with his power-hitting prowess.
The Cubs have taken advantage of this mistake. The Cubs have control over Reyes for another two more seasons. He becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2025.
In Reyes’ first 11 games with the Cubs, he has notched a hit in 10 games, totaling 15 hits.
Reyes has brought his power back with the Cubs, something he’s struggled with this season. Of his 15 hits, seven have gone for extra bases. Franmil has stepped into his role as DH beautifully, as he’s the perfect player for the position. Reyes reminds me of a young Kyle Schwarber, a player who would have succeeded more playing in the American League. Reyes hits with incredible power each time he steps to the plate.
Franmil has gained a new opportunity with the Cubs, one he won’t let slip: “This new opportunity, there’s many players that don’t have a second chance,” Reyes said. “I’m very blessed for having it.”
His play has contributed to the Cubs’ recent success. The Cubs are 7-4 in the 11 games he’s appeared in.
The Cubs are 5-1 in their last six games. Chicago and Milwaukee played one of the most entertaining three-game series of the season at Wrigley Field.
On Friday, the Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers scored a combined 15 runs in a 8-7 victory for Chicago. After the Brewers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, the Cubs scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning. The two teams bounced back and forth, where the Brewers held a 7-6 lead in the sixth inning. Rookie Christopher Morel smashed a two-run shot to left field, securing the 8-7 victory for the Northsiders.
The Cubs showcased heart and grit in a 6-5 win on Saturday.
While trailing 3-2 with two outs in the ninth, Nick Madrigal slapped a line drive into shallow right field, tying the game. The Brewers and Cubs both scored a run in the 10th, sending the game to a second extra inning.
While trailing 5-4 in the 11th, Willson Contreras drove in the game-winning run with two outs. Contreras was showered with hugs and a water bath during the post-game interview.
The Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals play five games in a four-day span at Wrigley Field starting Monday.