Kris Bryant was off to an historic start to this season, but he probably wishes he wasn’t.
Kris Bryant: 0-for-14, the longest hitless streak to start a year by a reigning MVP (breaks tie with Ryne Sandberg, 1985), via @EliasSports
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 8, 2017
The 25-year-old third baseman finally got his first hit Friday night, and he didn’t exactly crush the ball:
Several fans have poked fun at Bryant during the slump:
What were the odds Jason Heyward would have 5 hits before Kris Bryant's first? Is infinity times infinity a number?
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) April 8, 2017
Hey Chicago, what do you say? Kris Bryant ain't gettin' a hit today… pic.twitter.com/FNzaqnHAaM
— Sox On 35th (@SoxOn35th) April 7, 2017
Last season, it took Bryant until his third game to get his first hit. He smacked his first home run in the eighth game.
As you probably know, that season ended well for Bryant — and not just because the Cubs won the title. He hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs during the regular season.
Big League Stew’s Mark Townsend says there’s no reason to worry about Bryant:
You can’t ignore Bryant’s start, because you know people are always going to magnify the early stats and look for answers. But we can surely dismiss it while proclaiming that Bryant is going to put up ridiculous numbers this season. He’s very likely to be in the MVP hunt again too. It’s a matter of when, not if, he starts crushing the competition.
CBS Sports’ Bill Reiter says he’s a little worried:
What do you think? Will Bryant he duplicate his MVP numbers from last season?