#Cubs Bryant dealing with tough stretch

The last three games have been tough for Kris Bryant. He’s 0-for-8 with six strikeouts and two walks. Bryant is batting .208 in 15 games in June and .264 overall heading into Sunday’s series finale against the Pirates.

“He’s chasing pitches out of the strike zone,” manager Joe Maddon said about the reigning NL MVP. “It’s classic. It’s not a mechanical issue, he’s just expanding his strike zone. Whenever he goes badly, it’s when he’s opening up. When he accepts his walks, he’s in good shape.”

The Cubs offense has had fits and starts this season, and this road trip is a good example. They’ve outscored the Mets and Pirates 23–8 in the two wins on the trip so far and have been outscored 19–8 in the three losses. Bryant is a key piece to the Cubs’ lineup.

“I don’t want him to think he has to be ‘that guy,’” Maddon said. “I’d rather him be just Kris Bryant, 24, 25 [years old]. I know he’s the MVP, I get it. But he’s still a young man, he’s still developing. I don’t want to add anything more to his burden.”

— Carrie Muskat

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