Addison Russell homered five times in five games, driven in runs in eight of nine games
Addison Russell has been on quite the tear at the plate during the Cubs three-city, nine-game road trip. Russell hit five home runs in five games and has driven in at least one run in eight of his last nine games.
Russell saw his seven-game hit streak come to an end in the finale in San Diego. Russell is 10-for-32 over his last eight games with a double, two walks, five home runs and 11 RBI.
Over his last 20 games, Russell is hitting .288/.353/.616 with three doubles and seven home runs for a .969 OPS. And since he had to answer questions on whether or not he deserved to be an All-Star, Russell is hitting .275/.342/.527 with seven doubles, a triple and eight home runs for a .869 OPS. Russell has 36 hits in his last 36 games, 16 have gone for extra bases.
Russell has produced a .851 OPS at Wrigley this season which makes the damage he’s done on the current road trip a little more impressive. Even with his recent surge, Russell has a .698 OPS outside of Wrigley Field.
For the season, Russell is hitting .249/.333/.441 with 18 doubles, three triples and 19 home runs for a .774 OPS. Russell has 83 RBI in 119 games and is just the third shortstop in Cubs’ history, joining Ernie Banks and Roy Smalley, to drive in 80 or more runs in a single season.
With the Cubs getting a breather in Los Angeles before the start of the three-game series on Friday night at Dodger Stadium, here are the last five homers Addison Russell muscled out of the park.
Addison Russell has thrived in the fifth spot and seems to have found a home in the Cubs’ lineup. Russell has a .912 OPS hitting fifth for Joe Maddon with a .281/.333/.579 slash line and 31 RBI in 29 games.