Addison Russell had another big game Saturday batting fifth in Joe Maddon’s lineup. Russell went 2-for-2 with a home run, two walks, two runs scored and two RBI in the Cubs 8-4 loss.
Russell gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead in the second inning with a two-run shot into the bleachers in left center.
Russell has now gone yard 14 times this season, one more longball than he hit a year ago. Russell has already driven in 71 runs, 17 more than his rookie season. Russell is on pace to hit 20 home runs and drive in 100 on the season.
Russell is batting .280/.358/.462 with six doubles, a triple and three home runs in 26 games since the break. And over his last 10 games, Russell is 11-for-35 with two doubles, two home runs and a .948 OPS (.314/.405/.543).
And hitting in the fifth spot in Maddon’s lineup, Addison Russell is batting .289/.349/.526 in 19 games with three doubles, five home runs and a .876 OPS.
For the season, Russell is hitting .247/.336/.417 with 17 doubles, three home runs and 14 home runs for a .753 OPS. Russell has set career highs in triples (3), home runs (14), walks (45) and RBI (71) and he’s 10 hits short of the 115 he had last season and 12 doubles away from equaling the 29 he hit last season.
Addison Russell’s bat has been catching up with his glove all season. The Cubs need for Russell to continue producing the way he has until there are no more games to play this year.