Ben Zobrist
2B/LF/RF CHC
6 days ago

Zobrist could be given more days off during spring training and the upcoming season, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Zobrist played in 147 games for the Cubs last season, but he'll be turning 36 in May, so manager Joe Maddon said he'll look to find him more rest days in an effort to keep Zobrist fresh for another October run. Helping matters is the emergence of Javier Baez, who gives Chicago another very good option at second base. Expect Baez and Zobrist to platoon there this season, but Baez, who started at second in all 17 postseason games last fall, could end up taking the job full-time. That would push Zobrist into more of a super utility role.

Ben Zobrist
2B/LF/RF CHC
2 weeks ago

Zobrist, who swung at just 35.5 percent of the pitches he saw in 2016, had the lowest swing percentage in the league, MLB Director of Baseball Research and Development Daren Willman reports.

EDGE Analysis

Zobrist was well below the league average of 46.6 percent. Not surprisingly, Zobrist turned this patient eye into an excellent 15.2 percent walk rate and 1.17 BB/K rate, as well as a .386 on-base percentage. These look like leadoff hitter numbers, and with Dexter Fowler no longer around, Zobrist stands a good chance of grabbing that role in 2017.

Ben Zobrist
2B/LF/RF CHC
3 weeks ago

Zobrist is a top candidate to lead off for the Cubs this year, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cubs are looking to replace Dexter Fowler's production atop the lineup, and Zobrist is a logical choice for the spot. He's led off before, and he was second on the team last year (behind Fowler) with a .386 on-base percentage. Kyle Schwarber is also in consideration to bat first, and it's possible that manager Joe Maddon simply mixes and matches who leads off. It will be interesting to see what Chicago's lineups look like in spring training.

Ben Zobrist
2B/LF/RF CHC
5 months ago

Zobrist went 3-for-4 with a double, solo homer, two-run shot and three runs in Friday's 7-3 victory over the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran second baseman launched a 377-foot solo shot to right to open the scoring in the fifth and then brought home Anthony Rizzo in the eighth with a 380-foot blast to right to cap matters off for the Cubs offense. Zobrist has hit safely in five of his last seven games and driven in eight runs over that span as well. His 75 RBI represent his highest total in that category since he knocked in 91 with the Rays in 2011.

Ben Zobrist
2B/LF/RF CHC
5 months ago

Zobrist is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates.

EDGE Analysis

Zobrist will rest for the second time in four games with manager Joe Maddon looking to get his regulars plenty of rest in advance of the postseason. Munenori Kawasaki will get the start at second base in Zobrist's place.

Ben Zobrist
2B/LF/RF CHC
5 months ago

Zobrist is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates.

EDGE Analysis

Zobrist tallied eight hits and five RBI over his last four games, but manager Joe Maddon decided to hold him out Monday with the Cubs' playing positioning secured. Javier Baez will man second base for the Cubs on Monday night.

Ben Zobrist
2B/LF/RF CHC
5 months ago

Zobrist went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

Zobrist led both sides with a trio of hits, including his 30th double of the season. He also scored a pair of runs, including what proved to be the game-winning run in the sixth inning. The 35-year-old has tailed off following a strong first half, but he's still batting a solid .272/.385/.431 with 15 homers, 72 RBI and 90 runs.

Ben Zobrist
2B/LF/RF CHC
5 months ago

Zobrist went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs in a 9-2 win against the Reds on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Fantasy baseball can be an unpredictable game, but Zobrist has delivered an entirely predictable season -- he's right around his career norms in just about every category except OBP, where a spike in walk rate has him at .380, his best mark since his career year in 2009.

Ben Zobrist
2B/LF/RF CHC
5 months ago

Zobrist is not in the lineup Saturday against Milwaukee.

EDGE Analysis

Zobrist will get a second straight day off, as the Cubs continue to rest a number of regulars after clinching the division. Munenori Kawasaki will make another start at second base in Zobrist's place Saturday.

Ben Zobrist
2B/LF/RF CHC
5 months ago

Zobrist is out of the lineup Friday against the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Joe Maddon is sitting his veteran and star players Friday, as the team plans to celebrate after the day game, win or lose. Munenori Kawasaki will start at second base and hit eighth Friday.