In a shocking move….err, not very shocking news, the Chicago Cubs decided to send struggling slugger Kyle Schwarber down to Triple A Iowa Thursday morning.
The defending World Series Champions are struggling as a whole this year, there is no question. However, Schwarber’s plate appearances and strikeout rates are very concerning. The dangerous home run hitter is batting just .171 with 75 strikeouts. His OBP is a meager .295 and his OPS is a low .673. With several other Cubs hitters in prolonged slumps, such as Addison Russell (who is also going through personal domestic issues), Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist, Schwarber’s bat needed to hit and produce consistently to compensate for the others, but that has not been the case.
With a little time down in Iowa, Schwarber will be able to clear his head, refocus his swing, improve his mechanics and dominate there. I do not think manager Joe Maddon will keep him there for long. All Schwarber needs is a few games or a couple weeks and then he should be recalled. Once he is recalled, we should all expect the Kyle Schwarber of last year in the World Series.