Losing Marlon Byrd to the most unfortunate of circumstances, getting beaned in the eye, is certain to leave a void in the Cubs’ clubhouse, if for no other reason than Byrd’s durability and emotional leadership.
Replacing Byrd’s offense is no easy chore, either. His bat heated up in May hitting at a .340 clip over his last 24 games.
He also hit safely in 18 of his last 21 games, including a career best 16-game hitting streak.
All totaled, Byrd’s batting .308 with 3 HR & 11 RBI, all while starting 43 of the Cubs’ first 44 games.