Yesterday, the Cardinals traded outfielder Randal Grichuk to the Blue Jays for reliever Dominic Leone and minor league pitcher Conner Greene. Throughout the league and national media, this is just a storyline they see on the ESPN bottom ticker and brush it off like it’s no big deal. As they should, Grichuk was a .238 hitter with 22 home runs in 2017, nothing to write home about but still a very productive hitter.
But to Cubs fans, this is great news. If it seems to you that Grichuk kicks it into high gear against the Cubs, you’re probably right. In 50 career games against the North Siders, Grichuk is batting .296, with 11 home runs in 152 ABs. With the exodus of Andrew McCutchen from the division this week and now Grichuk, we are seeing some of the best/worst (depending on how you view it) Cubs killers end their stints with, in my opinion, the most fun division in baseball. But when all else fails, we’ll still have our good friend Ryan Braun up north in Milwaukee, getting booed by Cubs fans in his home stadium. But, as we know from the 2015 NLCS, you don’t necessarily have to be a player in the NL Central to be a certified Cubs Killer.