Cubs' Joe Maddon: Power Turnaround Is Coming Soon For Kris Bryant

Bryant hasn't homered since May 14.

Bernstein & McKnight Show
June 12, 2018 - 12:19 pm
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant

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(670 The Score) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hasn't homered since May 14, playing in a stretch of 23 games since then without producing his normal power.

It's also a fact that doesn't concern manager Joe Maddon.

"You can see from the side, his approach, when he sees his pitch, he's not hitting it hard and keeping it fair," Maddon said on the Bernstein & McKnight Show on Tuesday afternoon. "He's fouling his pitch off a lot. It'll come around. It'll come around."

Bryant is hitting .286 with eight homers, 29 RBIs and an .885 OPS in 57 games, and his OPS has fallen 146 points since May 11. He hit 39 homers in 2016 and then 29 last season.

Maddon referenced Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt as an example for a quick turnaround. He was hitting .209 with seven homers through the end of May. He has since hit .463 with five homers in 10 games in June.

"I've always had this philosophy, power hitters, they come in bunches (with homers)," Maddon said. "Sometimes they'll go through these moments or these streaks where it's just not happening for them. But it will. He'll get hot, and he'll start hitting them. Goldschmidt right now -- he's a perfect example. He was struggling probably as much as anybody this year, and this guy is fabulous. All of a sudden he's got it going on. And now he's turning back into Goldschmidt. You're going to see KB turn back into KB soon here."