Addison Russell’s Rise Gives Cubs’ Rivals Yet Another Big Star to Fear

August 29, 2016 by  

The Chicago Cubs are the best team in baseball by almost every measure.

They have the best record (82-47) and the best run differential (plus-217). They rank among MLB's top five in OPS (.777) and runs scored (655). They lead both leagues in ERA (3.12).

They can hit. They can pitch. Their rivals have plenty of reasons to fear them.

Now, there's another: Addison Russell, masher of baseballs.

A first-round pick by the Oakland A's in 2012, Russell has flashed elite potential since his debut with Chicago last season. But over...

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