If there’s such a thing as an MVP for a (27-40) team, Darwin Barney is the Cubs’ man.
Comcast Sportsnet analyst Todd Hollandsworth agrees mentioning Barney as the Cubs’ best player through the first half of the season.
Of course, it’s only fitting the second baseman hit the 15-day DL Wednesday with a sprained left knee. But with a quick recovery expected, Barney could be back in the Cubs lineup by next week and again chasing the NL Rookie of the Year Award.
Barney’s contributions include:
A .317 average with RISP.
A .385 average leading off an inning.
A .313 average with none on base.
A .296 average over his last 58 games…
He was named NL Rookie of the Month for April.
He followed that up by hitting .296 in May.
He’s hit safely in 42 of his 57 starts…
He’s made just six errors in 274 chances.
Sports a .978 fielding percentage.
Has helped turn 31 double plays…
He currently leads all MLB rookies in:
Runs scored (34)
Multi-hit games (25)
The arrival of Barney has been an absolute blessing this season. But having a rookie lead the way says a lot about Chicago’s fifth place record in the division standings–especially for a team chalked full of All Stars the likes of Soriano, Pena, Byrd Fukudome, Soto, Aramis, Dempster, Zambrano Wood and Marmol.