But don’t expect to find a lot of that information on Twitter when searching for Bryant. That swing is worth FOUR runs. But don’t expect to find a lot of that information on Twitter when searching for Bryant. I WAS TOLD KRIS BRYANT WAS DONE. The blast put the Cubs ahead 5-2, in a game that with a win, will clinch the NL Central title. And on Saturday might have said about his timing: “I feel like I’ve been trying to find my timing the whole year.”. ⚡️Kyler Lee Bryant⚡️ 4/7/20 pic.twitter.com/EyGflZPdE1. Rumors of Kris Bryant’s demise are greatly exaggerated Bryant’s forgettable 2020 is likely over after injuring his oblique. Bryant’s chase rates and overall swing rates in 2020 weren’t any different from his career averages. Whether he did or not, he certainly silenced the haters on Saturday. By Kenny Kelly @KennyKellyWords Sep 22, 2020, 9:00am EDT How about that?”. The year before that, his worst as a major leaguer, Bryant slashed .272/.374/.460 for a 125 wRC+ and that’s better than a lot of player’s bests. Maybe Kris Bryant has heard some of the negative things people have been saying about him. Hit direction, discipline, and max exit velocity are all equally important, if not moreso. Kris Bryant returned from an oblique injury to the middle of the Cubs lineup Saturday and delivered what amounted to a middle digit to critics with two hits, including a grand slam. “I don’t really comment on people on Twitter,” Ross said with a laugh. Whether Saturday’s impactful return is indeed a sign of production to come, judging any player by the small and surreal sample size of a pandemic-influenced season is an exercise in stupid — regardless of injury considerations. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. Hitting below the Mendoza line for a couple months doesn’t mean he’s finished. There’s also no guarantee that Bryant is going to rebound in quite the same way. After singling in his first at-bat, Bryant launched a grand slam to left field in the third inning. I CANT HEAR U. #KBoom@BinnysBev pic.twitter.com/CS14Gx0xvk. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. A few Twitter reactions: KRIS BRYANT GRAND SLAMMMMMM HE'S BACK!!!!! Teammates say they’ll take whatever percentage their best hitter can give them. Passan: Kris Bryant losing grievance brings clarity to Cubs (2:12) Jeff Passan explains what's next for the Cubs and Kris Bryant, especially on the … That’s a .264 wOBA and a 62 wRC+. With one game after Saturday before the postseason, Bryant's offensive showing is a great sign for the Cubs. KB hits grand slam in return to lineup and Twitter loved it. Of course, any stat line this year comes with the small sample size caveat. The 2020 Houston Astros aren’t the same club that cheated in 2017-2019, but that doesn’t mean them winning this season is easy to swallow. He’s done nothing but be a model citizen and be a great player since he’s been here in my opinion.”. In addition to being the face of the Cubs, Kris Bryant has also served as the face of service time manipulation. A. Sh**. SAY IT AGAIN SAY IT AGAIN pic.twitter.com/HV0szXRHRJ, Kris Bryant is back pic.twitter.com/rmmCN185RY. “That’s a good answer.”. 2020 has been a major aberration, but it’s also consistent with the way Bryant has been trending. The Tampa Bay Rays are a great team, but is the way they play baseball and the way their front office constructs a roster the bets for baseball? It’d be another if Bryant were hitting for less power and taking a worse approach to the plate. Since 2017, Bryant hasn’t ranked above the 57th percentile in hard hit percentage, the 31st percentile in average exit velocity, and the 45th percentile in whiff rate. But if this return was any indication of health and what he might feel like into October, it won’t matter on any level happened before that during an abbreviated, protocol-filled COVID-19 season that also included time lost to elbow and more significantly wrist/finger issues before that this season. Bryant, of course, has had excellent production in that time. It’s certainly encouraging that Bryant, who was hit in the head by a pitch in 2018, appears to recognizing balls and strikes as effectively and making contact. A BUST. It was a big swing of the bat, and Cubs fans loved it. He entered play Saturday hitting.195 with five RBIs on the season. Bryant’s percentile rankings look more like a glove-first shortstop than a perennial All-Star slugger’s. The Negro Leagues are celebrating their centennial and it is has become more clearer than ever that future generations depend on MLB players using their voices to make sure the Negro Leagues are never forgotten. His numbers will look a lot different by Sunday. “Kris is going to be a huge part of what we’re doing in the postseason,” said Bryzzo co-founder Anthony Rizzo, who scoffed at critics using this season to suggest Bryant might not be an elite player anymore. It’s one thing that Bryant is hitting for less power. He also might have played the best third base of his career when in the lineup this season — when not playing well in the outfield, where he injured the wrist on a diving attempt. Like, I don’t know what to say to that,” manager David Ross, a teammate during Bryant’s first two years in the majors, said of the criticism. His only tweet in the last year is a pinned tweet announcing the birth of his son, Kyler, in April. “This is a former MVP, right? After suffering an oblique injury, Bryant’s 2020 is likely over, and his production was a far cry from what the former Rookie of the Year and MVP is capable of. As Bryant looks ahead to an unjust fourth and final year of arbitration eligibility, he’s leaving behind a 2020 campaign that he must be relieved didn’t come in a contract year. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. He entered play Saturday hitting .195 with five RBIs on the season. Kris Bryant is back pic.twitter.com/rmmCN185RY — Eddie (@EddieBarstool) September 27, 2020 With one game after Saturday before the postseason, Bryant's offensive showing is a great sign for the Cubs. He has only 127 at-bats this season. 1m Followers, 436 Following, 230 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Kris Bryant (@kris_bryant17) ORAY FOR THE RECEIPTS. If the grand slam in his early return from an oblique injury wasn’t a powerful enough response to those who would criticize Kris Bryant for this year’s struggles and injuries, the former MVP offered another when asked about those critics after the game Saturday night. Bryant’s max exit velocity hasn’t cracked 110 mph this year, but he hasn’t been 100 percent physically the entire year. Bryant’s forgettable 2020 is likely over after injuring his oblique. Bryant doesn’t consistently make hard contact and that leads to him being streaky, but there’s more to being a good hitter than average exit velocity. “Those people are idiots.”, Kris Bryant to critics: ‘I don’t give a sh**’, Ripping Cubs’ Kris Bryant for injuries, bad COVID season dumb and dumber. The Negro Leagues need help from MLB players. Kenny Kelly is the managing editor of Beyond the Box Score. “You have someone coming off an All-Star year — pick one year, and you can argue that’s his best year,” Rizzo said. “I don’t give a sh**. The question of health and his declining hard hit rate are troubling, but neither mean that he’s washed up. Bryant’s enormous struggles this year can almost all be attributed to injury. I really don’t,” he said. RELATED: Ripping Cubs’ Kris Bryant for injuries, bad COVID season dumb and dumber, “I feel like sometimes I go out there and I could go 4-for-4, and it’s not good enough for some people,” Bryant said, adding, with full stops between words: “So I. Don’t. Back injuries and oblique injuries can be especially nagging, and let’s not forget that Bryant injured his shoulder in 2018 as well. Anderson certainly hasn’t been bad, but he has gotten into some trouble recently. DEAD. at the beginning of last season where he wasn’t pulling fly balls, Rays’ outfield Randy Arozarena is destroying baseballs this October, Morning Mound Visit: Clayton Kershaw once again left in too long, Morning Mound Visit: Braves have another disastrous first inning.