Cardinals’ Randal Grichuk v. Cubs’ Kris Bryant breakdown

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Jul 27, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Cubs celebrate after third baseman Kris Bryant (17) hits a walk-off home run during the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports


As much as Cardinals fans love Grichuk and what he’s brought to the first-place St. Louis club this season, you can’t overlook the impact Kris Bryant has made in the Windy City.

Following a win Sunday, Chicago sits 14 games above .500 for the first time in over a half-decade. Bryant leads all big league rookies in runs batted in, second in home runs and also comes in in the top five in terms of on-base percentage.

Granted, Grichuk has played 30-something fewer games than Bryant. But that being said, the impact on the club is what we’re trying to determine here. And, at least so far, the young Chicago slugger has more than helped the Cubs – he’s led them.

Both are talented players, but there’s little doubt that Grichuk has a ways to go before he’s one of the elite rookies in the league.