Ben Zobrist has been on four teams in two years, but the Eureka, Ill., native seems to have settled in nicely thanks to quite a homecoming for the Chicago Cubs. Zobrist, in 28 games, has hit five home runs and driven in 25, with 15 of those coming in the last week, making him our Scout Hot Sheet Player of the Week.
Zobrist's 15 RBIs and eight runs scored led the big leagues, and his four home runs were tied for second. While he didn't walk the 13 times that Bryce Harper did over the last seven days, he did take five free passes. Zobrist's 22 total bases were tied for sixth in all of baseball, and with an intentional walk and a HBP thrown in, his on-base percentage was a crisp .455.
Over the course of the last week, Zobrist's Cubs have won seven straight games, following a 4-3 Sunday loss to the Braves, and Zobrist has driven in at least one run in six of those seven wins, going 9-for-25 (.360).
In last Monday's tilt against the Pirates, Zobrist broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the third with a single to right, bringing home Anthony Rizzo. Two innings later, a Zobrist sacrifice fly put Chicago up, 3-1, and he scored the seventh run of the day on a wild pitch, giving the Cubs the final 7-2 margin. Two days later, Zobrist launched a three-run home run in the top of the third to give Chicago an early 3-0 advantage. It would prove to be all the offense the Cubs needed, as they completed a sweep of their NL Central rival, Pittsburgh.
Zobrist drove in another four in the series opener back at Wrigley against the Nationals, driving in two in the fourth against second-year sensation Joe Ross (who struck out a career-high nine on the night), and then popped a two-run home run against reliever Felipe Rivero in the eighth to put the Cubs up, 4-0, en route to a 5-2 win.
The next day, Zobrist led a four-home run barrage with two longballs. After riding home on a Tommy La Stella dinger to right in the bottom of the second to tie things up at 2-2, and then a Rizzo circuit shot in the bottom of the third, Zobrist launched one of his own off of Max Scherzer to put Chicago up, 4-2. Two innings later, Zobrist belted a three-run shot off of Scherzer to give the Cubs a 7-2 lead in an eventual 8-6 Chicago win.
Zobrist drove in Dexter Fowler in the bottom of the eighth of a Saturday 8-5 win over the Nats, and went 1-for-4 with a run and two walks in a Mothers Day 4-3 Cubs win.