Ben Zobrist 2B/LF CHC 4 days ago

Zobrist went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Friday at the Giants.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Zobrist launched his sixth bomb of the year in the eighth inning as the Cubs blew out the Giants. He's now hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games, and he boasts a .326/.444/.519 slash line.

Ben Zobrist 2B/LF CHC 6 days ago

Zobrist went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI against the Brewers on Wednesday, pushing his slash line up to .328/.447/.500.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Zobrist has been one of the best hitters in the National League in May, as he's hitting .418 with 18 runs and 17 RBI in just 55 at-bats. His career-high batting average is .297 in 2009, so he's playing a bit over his head, but he's getting good pitches to hit in a stacked Cubs lineup and his BB/K ratio is easily the best of his career.

Ben Zobrist 2B/LF CHC 2 weeks ago

Zobrist is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Padres.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He may be the Cubs' hottest hitter right now, but manager Joe Maddon is a firm believer in giving certain guys days off in order to keep their production levels high. Zobrist, who turns 35 at the end of May, should continue to be featured near the top of the most potent lineup in baseball for the foreseeable future.

Ben Zobrist 2B/LF CHC 3 weeks ago

Zobrist was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, two home runs, and four RBI in the Cubs' win over the Nationals on Friday afternoon.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hitting in the middle of a red-hot lineup can lead to a lot of opportunities to produce, and Zobrist is taking full advantage. He has been on his own tear, and now has five home runs and 24 RBI to go with an improving .277 average. The Cubs are 22-6 which underscores their ability to keep providing opportunities so his RBI surge could be a factor throughout the season.

Ben Zobrist 2B/LF CHC 3 weeks ago

Zobrist hit a two-run single and a two-run homer in four at-bats Thursday in a 5-2 win against the Nationals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Zobrist and Tommy La Stella produced the vast majority of the Chicago offense between them, and his second homer in as many days helped the veteran second baseman hit 20 RBI in just his 25th game of the year. Granted, most of the rest of the fantasy line isn't correspondingly impressive -- a .261 batting average, three homers and one steal won't set hearts racing -- but Zobrist's going to be racking up RBI and runs in the middle of the Cubs' lineup all year long.

Ben Zobrist 2B/LF CHC 3 weeks ago

Zobrist went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Monday's victory against the Pirates.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Zobrist's two RBI bring his total up to 12 for the season to go along with 14 runs scored. The veteran is now hitting .253 in his first season in Chicago, and should continue to have run scoring and RBI opportunities for as long as he is hitting in the middle of the Cubs' potent lineup.

Ben Zobrist 2B/LF CHC 1 month ago

Zobrist is out of the lineup Sunday against the Reds, MLB.com's Carries Muskat reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Zobrist has been given just one day off this season prior to Sunday, as he's started 17 of the Cubs' first 18 games at second base. He'll sit in favor of Tommy La Stella, who take over leadoff duties in the afternoon contest.

Ben Zobrist 2B/LF CHC 1 month ago

Zobrist went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, a walk and three RBI in a 16-0 rout of the Reds on Thursday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The long ball was his first of the year, as Zobrist's Cubs career has gotten off to a slow start -- he came in hitting just .212/.333/.269. Still, his presence in the lineup is nearly guaranteed daily, so when he does fall into slumps, he'll get a chance to work out of them, and that's just what he did in this one. Now it'd be nice if he could string a few strong games together.

Ben Zobrist 2B/LF CHC 1 month ago

Zobrist is not in the lineup Saturday against Colorado, Carrie Mustkat of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Zobrist will get the day off, as Javy Baez makes his first big league start of the season at second base. Baez will bat fifth in the order behind Jorge Soler against Rockies starter Christian Bergman.

Ben Zobrist 2B/LF CHC 1 month ago

Zobrist will start at second base and bat leadoff Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Zobrist has occupied the three-spot in the batting order for four of the first five games of the season, but with regular leadoff man Dexter Fowler getting the day of, manager Joe Maddon will call upon Zobrist to start things off. With a .500 OBP to start the season, the move makes sense from a statistical standpoint, but look for Zobrist to move back down in the order once Fowler returns.