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Jul 23, 2024 0 0 0 0
Jul 22, 2024 2 0 0 1 4
Jul 21, 2024 0 0 0 0 0.5
Jul 20, 2024 1 0 0 0 1.5
Jul 19, 2024 1 1 0 0 3

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Player Outlook
Michael Busch fits best defensively at designated hitter, but it's still to be determined whether his bat will produce enough value in the majors to be worth playing at the bottom of the defensive spectrum. With the addition of automated balls and strikes, the Pacific Coast League was even more of a hitter's paradise than in the past, and Busch took full advantage, slashing .323/.431/.618 with 27 home runs, an 18.8 K% and a 13.9 BB% in 98 games. In addition to the cartoonish hitting environment he played in, Busch was 25 years old, so there would be no excuse for him not to mash Triple-A pitching. Even in that juiced environment, Busch only managed a .795 OPS with two home runs in 167 plate appearances against lefties, so he may be platooned if he doesn't become passable somewhere defensively. He only got 81 plate appearances in the majors, struggling to an unlucky .167 average with 27 strikeouts, eight walks and two home runs. He is eligible at third base in 2024 but may not have anywhere to play for the Dodgers in the short term. There are some Quad-A hitter red flags, and Busch may need a trade to get a chance to show he belongs.

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2024 2172.3 47 12 37 42 2 .269
2023 33.51.2 9 2 7 8 1 .167
2020 .000
3y Avg. 33.51.2 9 2 7 8 1 .167
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Tallies two hits, steals base

    Busch went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Monday's 3-1 win over the Brewers. He also stole a base. Busch tallying two hits isn't surprising, as he's batting a solid .270 this season and .313 this month. However, the stolen base is a bit more unusual, as it was just his second of the year and first since May 10. Even without being a threat on the bases, Busch has been a solid fantasy asset, and he should continue to produce given his regular role in the heart of the Cubs' lineup.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Keeps rolling Thursday

    Busch went 2-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored in Thursday's 8-0 win over the Orioles. Busch extended his hitting streak to eight games, and he has eight hits in the last three contests alone. The first baseman has used the hot streak to push his batting average up to .278 and his OPS to a robust .853. Busch continues to see regular playing time in his first season with the Cubs, and he should remain locked into fantasy lineups, particularly while he's producing like this.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Stellar offensive display in win

    Busch went 4-for-6 with a solo home run and an additional run in Tuesday's 9-2 win over the Orioles. Busch got the scoring started Tuesday by taking Dean Kremer deep in the top of the first and kept it going by registering his first four-hit game of the season. Busch has homered in back-to-back games, with the two blasts matching the total he had in his previous 32 games combined. The 26-year-old has now left the yard on 12 occasions overall, tying him with Jackson Merrill and Colton Cowser for the most by a rookie this season.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Belts homer in loss

    Busch went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk against the Giants in Monday's loss. Busch gave Chicago its first lead with a two-run blast to center field in the sixth inning. It was his first long ball over his past 17 contests and just his second across his past 32 games. Busch began the campaign with six homers through 16 contests, so the fact that he's still yet to reach double digits in that category emphasizes the extent to which he's slowed down. Still, the first baseman has been hitting well lately, batting .370 over his past 27 at-bats.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Sitting out Saturday

    Busch is absent from the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals. Right-hander Andre Pallante is starting for the Cardinals and has reverse splits, so Busch will begin this one on the bench. Cody Bellinger is handling first base and Pete Crow-Armstrong will patrol center field.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Reaches three times in loss

    Busch went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and a run scored in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Reds. Busch came into the contest in a bit of a slump, as he was just 1-for-10 over his previous six games. Overall, he's slowed down some after a strong start to the season, though he still has a solid .783 OPS and provides decent pop against righties. While Busch continues to generally sit against lefties, he has at least batted .304 (7-for-23) against them when given the opportunity.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Connects for home run

    Busch went 2-for-4 with a walk, a solo home run and two total RBI in Tuesday's 6-3, 10-inning win over the Brewers. Busch connected for his eighth home run of the season in the third inning, but it was only his second of the month as he's slowed down some after a hot start. Across 23 games in May, the first baseman is batting just .206 after hitting .266 from Opening Day through the end of April. Busch should hold onto a regular role, though the Cubs have some other lineup options if they decide to mix things up.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Not starting Sunday

    Busch is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Even with right-hander Sonny Gray taking the mound for the Cardinals on Sunday, the lefty-hitting Busch will begin the series finale in the dugout. Patrick Wisdom will start at first base in Busch's stead and will bat eighth.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Sitting against southpaw

    Busch is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against Atlanta. With a tough southpaw in Max Fried on the mound for Atlanta, the lefty-hitting Busch will retreat to the bench. Patrick Wisdom will replace Busch at first base.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Idle versus lefty

    Busch isn't in the Cubs' lineup for Saturday's game against the Pirates. With lefty Bailey Falter set to start on the mound for the Bucs, the left-handed bat of Busch will remain in Chicago's dugout. His absence will give Patrick Wisdom an opportunity to start at first while batting leadoff.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Taking seat Sunday

    Busch is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Pirates. The lefty-hitting Busch had started each of the Cubs' first 10 games of May and the Pirates are bringing a lefty (Bailey Falter) to the hill Sunday, so Cubs manager Craig Counsell likely viewed it as an optimal time to give the 26-year-old the day off. Patrick Wisdom will check in for Busch at first base and bat fifth.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Out against left-hander

    Busch is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Mets. Southpaw Sean Manaea is on the hill for the Mets, so the left-handed hitting Busch will take a seat. Patrick Wisdom will occupy first base for the Cubs on Tuesday.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Sitting against left-hander

    Busch is not in the lineup for Friday's game versus the Marlins. With southpaw A.J. Puk toeing the slab for the Marlins, the left-handed hitting Busch will receive a day off. Garrett Cooper will handle the first base position for the Cubs on Friday.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Extends homer streak to five

    Busch went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two walks Monday in the Cubs' 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Busch's leadoff blast off Merrill Kelly in the top of the sixth inning extended his home-run streak to five games, tying four other Cubs players for the longest streak in franchise history. Notably, all five of Busch's home runs during the streak have come at road venues, which offers hope that the rookie's power surge can continue once the weather warms up at Wrigley Field, a fertile hitting environment for left-handed batters in recent years. Managers that took a chance on Busch in the later rounds of drafts are relishing in the early returns, as he's provided a .327 average, six home runs, 12 RBI and nine runs through 16 games.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Goes deep in blowout loss

    Busch went 1-for-2 with two walks and a two-run home run in Wednesday's 10-2 loss to the Padres. The Cubs were fairly listless, managing just three total hits, and Busch's second home run of the year in the fourth inning provided all of the offense. The 26-year-old has been fairly solid so far in his first season in Chicago, posting an .850 OPS, seven RBI and the two long balls across 12 games. He'll continue to start most days against righty starters.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Doubles, drive in three Sunday

    Busch went 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI in Sunday's 8-1 victory over the Dodgers. Busch has been solid so far for the Cubs, as he now has three extra-base hits across nine games to along with five RBI and an .856 OPS. It looks like he'll play most days when a southpaw isn't on the hill for the opponent, giving him an opportunity to post useful fantasy numbers as long as he keeps swinging a hot bat.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Tallies three hits Wednesday

    Busch went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 9-8 win over the Rockies. Busch entered the contest with only two hits through 13 at-bats, but he broke out of the slump in a big way, pushing his batting average up to .313. The 26-year-old is atop Chicago's depth chart at first base, though he may cede playing time to Garrett Cooper when southpaws are on the mound for the opponent.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Takes seat Tuesday

    Busch is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rockies, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports. Busch is 2-for-13 with three walks and a run through the first four games of the season, and he'll head to the bench for Tuesday's contest. Garrett Cooper will receive a start at first base, batting seventh.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Settling in at first

    Busch, who primarily played second and third base the last few years, said recently he is feeling more comfortable at first, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports. Busch is expected to make an impact with his bat, but the Cubs would also like to get solid defense at first base. Manager Craig Counsell noted that Busch's athleticism is helping him make the transition, and the team seems to be happy with what it is seeing so far in camp. If Busch can hold his own at the position, he should be in line for a fairly steady amount of playing time this season.
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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: Hits first spring home run

    Busch went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Thursday's Cactus League game against the Reds. Busch took Cincinnati fireballer Hunter Greene deep for his first home run of the spring. The 26-year-old projects to be Chicago's primary option at first base heading into the regular season. Busch has some upside and looked great in the minors last year, though he's yet to get extended run in the majors, so there may be some growing pains as he settles in with the Cubs.
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