Kris Bryant went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his major league debut last Friday afternoon against the Padres, but he’s now batting .444 with a 1.194 OPS through 24 plate appearances. Addison Russell will be hoping for a similar type of turnaround.
Russell finished 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in his Cubs debut Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, though Chicago still managed to pull out a 9-8 win. Russell had a good RBI opportunity in the eighth inning when Starlin Castro singled and Miguel Montero was intentionally walked, but the 21-year-old top prospect lined out to Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang.
Russell started at second base Tuesday and batted ninth. A bit of trivia here: the last — and only — National League position player to bat ninth in his major league debut was Mark Little of the Cardinals in 1998.