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Kris Bryant is in the midst of suffering through the second-worst hitless slump in his career, going 0-for-15 in the Chicago Cubs’ past four games following an 0-for-4 day at the plate in Tuesday’s 4-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Bryant obviously is an accomplished hitter and understands slumps are inevitable. The star third baseman nevertheless admits to losing his cool from time to time in recent days.
“I have my temper tantrums,” Bryant said after Tuesday’s game, via ESPN. “I go in here [the clubhouse] and break a bat or whatever. I try to do it where no one sees me. Sometimes that’s a good thing too … And this has been 15 at-bats? Sure, before that I wasn’t feeling great, but I was hitting .300. If I’m complaining about that, then I have big problems.”
Bryant has also been mired in a protracted power outage, having been held homer-less since May 14. In June, Bryant’s on-base percentage (.340) is higher than his slugging percentage (.286), quite the statistical anomaly.
“It’s just the ebb and flow of the game,” Bryant said. “Sometimes it will continue to eat you up. You just have to go with it and realize things always turn around.”
As noted, Bryant is cognizant that even the best ballplayers can get mired in slumps.
“At any given moment, you look around the league, someone is struggling,” Bryant said. “It’s not fun, but it’s really where you find out what you’re made of. And then once you get out of it, you feel that much better, and you don’t even think about the times when you were struggling.
“… It’s easy to be ready and happy when you’re successful, but I think it’s even more important to learn how to deal with times when things aren’t going your way,” Bryant later added. “You have to learn from it and realize everyone struggles in this game.”
The Cubs have gone 7-3 in their past 10 games despite Bryant’s recent struggles and sit a half-game back of the Brewers in the NL Central after Tuesday’s loss. Getting Bryant back on track obviously would be a huge boost.