Dexter Fowler had been out of the Chicago Cubs’ lineup for quite some time and had to watch his team go through many different struggles. It wasn’t an easy time for him, but he attacked his rehab process and was able to return to the lineup last night against the Milwaukee Brewers. Not only did he return to the lineup, he showed exactly what the Cubs were missing when he was gone.
His presence was felt in his first at-bat back, as he crushed a solo home run into the bleachers. He then belted a two-run double in his next at-bat. Fowler was missed in a big way and he missed being in Chicago as well.
After the game, he was asked about his home run and what it felt like to return to the Cubs. He made it clear just how much he loves the franchise and his teammates with his response.
“Everyone loved it. Everyone was happy for it. It’s like coming back home.”
Joe Maddon also talked about Fowler and how much of an impact he makes on the Cubs’ offense.
“It’s really apparent how important he is to us,” Maddon said. “It’s really good to have him in there. The guys feed off all that.”
Following the performance against the Brewers, Fowler now possesses a .298 batting average to go along with eight home runs and 31 RBI’s. Those numbers can’t be taken away from him and it shows his value to the offense. Chicago went through a long down period without him in the lineup, but seem to have fixed the issues coming out of the All-Star break.
Chicago is once again being talked about as a serious contender to break their curse and win the World Series. If Fowler continues hitting as hot as he has to this point when healthy, things will be much easier moving forward.
Expect to see Fowler continue putting up big numbers down the stretch of the season and to be a very important piece to the Cubs’ postseason run.