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The Chicago Cubs started off the season in a slump struggling to climb above 500. The Cubs have clawed back to above 500 with a record of 14-12. In their last 10, they are 7-3. One of the reasons for this has been the resurgence of catcher Willson Contreras. In 2017 Contreras hit .276 with 21 HRs and 74 RBIs. His 21 homers were 5th most among catchers that year. In 2018 Contreras hit a slump and hit .249 with 10 HRs and only 54 RBIs even though in the first half of the season he hit .279 with 7 HRs and was voted an All-Star. His 2018 second-half slump was a sign of concern for the Cubs.
Contreras has been red-hot to start this season hitting .286 with 7 HRs already. He has matched his 2018 first half home run total and has looked great at the plate. If the Cubs are going to claw back into 1st place in the NL Central and make a run in the playoffs they will need Contreras to continue to produce at All-Star levels.